It is with great sadness we write to inform you that one of Portsmouth RFC’s greatest sons passed away on 3rd January aged 89. Stuart Juniper was an impressive second row forward who captained the club between 1956-58 and represented Hampshire but he was instrumental in taking our club forward off the pitch as well.
Our president, Peter Golding reflects ‘Stuart was responsible for the resurrection of PRFC He coerced several of us from other clubs to join PRFC when the club had just 16 players and one ball! The clubhouse was a very battered and dark ex-military hut where we used to have competitions in putting a fist through the flimsy walls! Stuart battled on and within two seasons we were putting out 3 sides. Thanks to him we managed to get our new clubhouse built, which is now the junior club, and he persuaded the council to erect new changing rooms adjacent to it. We have a lot to thank him for.’
The following is Stuart’s obituary posted in the Daily Telegraph:
Stuart died peacefully on 3rd January 2021, aged 89. Dedicated family man and public servant, who was admired by many for his positive outlook on life and determination to live life to the full. Beloved husband, brother, father, grandpa and friend. Keen yachtsman, rugby player, traveller, hill-walker and music-lover. Amongst his many achievements, Stuart played rugby for Hampshire; chaired Portsmouth Round Table; served as a magistrate for 36 years and a county councillor for 30 years; played a key role in the formation of Portsmouth Sixth Form College plus the rejuvenation of Portsmouth RFC and Calshot Activity Centre; and established a successful property development business. He will be greatly missed.
Stuart’s funeral is due to take place in Stamford, Lincolnshire on the 26th January.
Any donations please to the RNLI at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stuart-Juniper
UPDATE Sunday 24th January 2021
Message from Kirsten Juniper :-
Subject: Stuart: Funeral Live Stream. Tuesday 26th January. 12 noon
Thank for for all your kind messages to Judith and the four of us over the past few difficult weeks. They have been very much appreciated.
Sadly, as I'm sure you're aware, only close family members will be able to attend Dad's funeral on Tuesday, due to Covid restrictions (although we hope to hold a memorial service later in the year).
There is, however, the opportunity to watch a live stream version of it and the link is below. You can also watch it afterwards. We are told that the recording afterwards will be of a slightly better quality. It is an unlisted video, meaning you cannot search for it, but can only access it with the link below.
It is possible to test the link beforehand, so do please let me know if there are any problems with this and I will endeavour to resolve them for you!
Please be aware that, due to copyright issues, there are three pieces of recorded music that cannot be played on the stream. These are played at the very start and end of the service, and during a photo montage. During this time, you will be able to see what is happening (including seeing the photos on the montage) but stream will be muted.
If you have time to let me know that you have received this e-mail ok, that would be helpful.