Everybody at Ebbw Vale Rugby Club was saddened to learn of the death of Doctor Gordon Thomas on Sunday.
Gordon had given over 40 years’ service to the club with which he was first involved as Club Doctor in the early 80s. From that moment, he became the most loyal of supporters and managed to overcome his natural historic connection to West Wales to be red, green and white through and through.
Gordon was, in his day job, one of Wales’s leading cardiologists; this was expertise that was of enormous help to all Steelmen supporters, never more so than at Llandovery in that play-off semi final when Damien’s team overcame the home team after 80 heart- stopping minutes.
Of course, however devoted he was to the Steelmen, we came a poor and appropriate second to his family. The devotion with which Bernice cared for him in his last illness was mirrored by the pride that both of them took in their children and grandchildren.
Gordon has left two principal legacies to our club; the first is that he was instrumental in establishing a medical and physio set up that was and remains the envy of Welsh Rugby. The second is that he has left us Rhys. The award that our medical team won in the summer is both directly and indirectly the responsibility of Gordon.
In a week that has seen the loss of two of Ebbw Vale’s shining stars, our overriding emotion is one of pride that Gomer and Gordon were Ebbw Vale men, and gratitude for all that they have done for us.
Our thoughts are with both their families.
Mark Powell QC
Tuesday 11th September
1.30 at Gwent Cremarorium, followed by Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny, at 3.00.