Ernie Gee, all-round sporstman

Ernie Gee, is pictured second left, back row, on this team photograph
Ernie Gee, is pictured second left, back row, on this team photograph

Ernie Gee, a prominent all-round Calder Valley sportsman for many years, died last Saturday morning aged 80.

Gee, the father of current Midgley United boss Craig, was involved with the Haslem-Sheppard Halifax AFL club for much of his life.

A left-back during a long playing career, he was also a key figure behind the scenes at the club, attending meetings and helping to improve off-field facilities.

In his later years he was a keen supporter and was at Ryburn to see Midgley clinch the AFL title in 2013.

Midgley return to the same ground to play Shelf in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup on Saturday and there will be a minute’s silence for him before the game.

Gee was also a member at Ryburn Golf Club for many years, getting down to nine handicap, and he played as an all-rounder for Booth CC.

During his working life he was a painter and decorator.

He and his wife Joyce lived in Midgley. They enjoyed visiting their static caravan in Bridlington.

Craig is their only child but they have three grand daughters, Lauren, Christie and Georgia, and a great grandson, Harry.

The funeral is at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland on Tuesday, February 10 (2.15) and afterwards at Booth CC.

It was Ernie’s wish that those attending should wear casual dress with colour.