WGMA – Tribute to Jacky Murray
It is with great sadness that WGMA announces the death of Jacky Murray on 28 January while playing the sport she loved.
Born in Accrington, Lancashire she moved to Hull to study Geography at Hull University where she played for the University team. On leaving University she became a geography teacher in Hull and joined Hull & East Riding HC. During the 1990s she moved to Hull Circle HC where she remained an active playing member and a driving force for the club. She also played regularly for British Gas in the mixed league in Humberside.
Jacky’s passion for hockey lasted throughout her life and made her many life-long friends, both as a player and as an umpire. Never one to be shy of responsibility, she was not only a committee member in her club but was the Yorkshire and NE Masters Chair, as well as sitting on the Umpires’ committee.
Representing the North, England and LX Ladies in the over 60s and 65s, Jacky’s international career in Masters hockey began in 2014 when she played for England over 60s in the World Cup in Rotterdam and in the Home Nations. She built up a reputation for her determination and tenacity on the pitch and for her good nature, thoughtfulness and cheery smile off the pitch.
Jacky’s sporting enthusiasm was not just limited to hockey: she played bowls with her husband Jim and, during lockdown, turned her skills to golf. Within 18 months she had won 4 golf trophies and reduced her handicap significantly.
Particularly remembered as a founding member of LX Ladies HC in 2016, Jacky took on the role of Secretary with her usual enthusiasm, dedication and impeccable organisation. It is very much to her credit that LX now have women’s teams of over 60s, 65s and 70s participating in the Spirit of Masters section of the World Cup, as well as in many other Grand Masters tournaments home and abroad.
We offer our deep condolences to her husband Jim, sons Rob and Andrew, and other members of her family, as well as her many friends.
Tributes to Jacky can be found at:
LX Ladies HC:
YNE Masters Hockey:
Hull Daily Mail: