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Gerald Wilkinson was one of the founder members of England’s LX Club and an important figure in the development of Grand Masters hockey.
He created an England Over 60 team in 1995 to play against the Dutch De Zestigplussers at Lille and this led to the first unofficial Over 60 World Cup tournament in Utrecht in 1998 contested by Australia, Germany, England and Netherlands.
Gerald played much of his club hockey for Guildford, represented Hampshire at county level and toured the world with the Angels HC. He was reputed to have played hockey in almost very country in the world in which hockey is played. He was still representing England Over 75 as he moved into his 80s but was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2016 and later with motor neurone disease. He remained involved with hockey throughout his illness and celebrated his 82nd birthday with an invitation game at Chelmsford in August 2016. Although confined to a wheelchair he was still able to make a guest appearance at the LX Club meeting at Felsted in January this year.
Gerald’s indomitable spirit both on and off the field will be remembered by all who knew him. The World Grand Masters family will always be grateful for his pioneering work in laying the foundations for the international events that are now enjoyed by so many around the world.