Tributes paid to former Ulverston Golf Club Chairman Colin Davies

TRIBUTE was paid to a passionate sportsman and devoted grandfather who would leave behind a “huge hole”.

Colin Davies, from Ulverston, died on October 10 at St Mary’s Hospice after previously falling while playing bowls.

The 90-year-old was the beloved husband of the late Helen, beloved father of Julie, Joanne and Michael and a grandfather of five children.

Mr. Davies was an avid golfer, belonging to Ulverston Golf Club for nearly 40 years.

Mr Davies, who worked as an insurance salesman, was club captain in 1996 and chairman in 2017 and 2018.

As the youngest of nine children, Mr Davies joined a happy and chaotic family and was raised to a large extent by his elder sister Hilda, whom he loved dearly.

In 1953 Mr Davies attended a dance at Coronation Hall and saw his future wife Helen McPortland across the dance floor.

For him, it was “love at first sight”, and they married in 1955 when Colin was 23 and Helen 21.

By 1965 the couple, who lived in Urswick Road, had welcomed three children.

Mr. Davies has been actively involved in a number of clubs and charities in the area. He was a member of the Round Table for many years, then became part of the 41 Club.

He was also an avid sportsman, coaching table tennis at St Mary’s Youth Club and a committed member of Ulverston Golf Club.

Mr Davies continued to add to his sporting repertoire and later in life he and his wife learned to ski and went on a number of ski holidays with friends.

An avid gardener, painter and bowler, Mr. Davies pursued a range of hobbies in later life.

Mr Davies’ retirement years were difficult after his wife was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease.

He continued to support and love her for many years until his death in 2013.

Mr Davies’ daughter Joanne said: ‘A few years later his own diagnosis of Parkinson’s was a further blow, but he never gave in, battling all aspects of the disease to maintain its independence.

“People were everything to Colin and none more than his and Helen’s grandchildren: Sam, Harry, James, Luke and Aidan, whom he adored.

“He was a brilliant father and grandfather. He had a wonderful life with my mother; they were very attached to each other.

“He loved his family and was a very outgoing person. He liked to be with people and enjoyed their company.

Joanne said the loss of her father would leave a “huge hole” in the family’s lives.

She said: “Dad will leave a huge void in all of our lives; it is impossible to replace.

“He was one of those exciting dads, sometimes a little crazy but always great fun to be around. He had tremendous love for his family and loved being together.

“People came up to us and told us how much dad meant to them, which is so sweet. Everyone had a different story to tell about dad.