David Harris writes:-
This is the most painful club email I have written.
Dear Adam long passed away on Monday morning, 6th May 2019 aged 27.
Adam was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at the age of 23.
Supported wonderfully by his wife, Georgia, his Family and friends, Adam fought with great spirit through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, major surgeries and radiotherapy.
His strength of character was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and, in fact, to many who did not. It is a staggering legacy that 3354 people contributed to a funding appeal to raise £105000 to provide him with the chance to undergo a groundbreaking Immunotherapy treatment.
Adam continued a long tradition at Portsmouth Rugby Club. His Grandfather (Gerald) and Father (Ian) developed reputations as hard tackling, no-nonsense back row players and Adam took up that mantle when he graduated from the colts to become something of an icon among Portsmouth forwards. He was relentless in his work ethic and passionate about the club and his team mates.
By way of illustration, I have been asked to mention the 2015 Old Alleynians last game of the season.
Ian Chandler takes up the story:
“11th April 2015
We had to win our last game of the season and score 4 tries to get a bonus point win to avoid relegation from London 2 South. We were playing Old Alleynians away from home, and not secured an away bonus point win all season, and Old Alleynians were 4th in the league.
It was our best performance of the season and the forwards with Adam to the fore were dominating the game offensively and defensively. We were winning comfortably but had only scored three tries with 7 seven minutes to go.
We attacked down the left wing and were stopped 5 yards short. From the ensuing ruck, Adam appeared from nowhere at great pace, took the ball and crashed over through 3 men, to score the 4th try and secure our status in the league. Without doubt the most important try in our clubs recent history. The effort to make the ground, and determination to score despite the defensive barrier typified Adam and all he stood for, both personally and the club and team mates he loved so much.”
There will be a celebration of Adams life at The Oaks Crematorium on Saturday 18th May 2019 beginning at 1045hrs.
All are welcome at the service. Please make sure you leave the seating available for Adams family and closes friends, I suspect there is going to be quite a crowd.
You will be able to hear the service well from the standing and outside areas.
Adam asked for folk not to wear black, his life was full of colour and this celebration should be as well. The brighter the better.
Adam’s family have asked that those attending should not bring children.
If you wish to send flowers, please direct them to Barrels Funeral Directors, Lawnswood, 245 Fratton Road, PO1 5PA.
If you would like to make a donation to Adam’s chosen charities, PLANETS or the Teenage and Young Adult Unit at Southampton General Hospital, there will be a collection on the day.
There will be an invitation only (due to the expected numbers) party afterwards at Adam’s favourite venue, Portsmouth Rugby club.