If you are an active referee in the Navy and have refereed the Fishermen of Brixham then you know Danny Irvine. My first trip to Brixham was as a young East Midlands Referee and when he found out I was also in the Royal Navy the rest of the evening took care of itself. It was probably through Danny that I first appreciated the importance of tradition and history. Earlier today Danny passed away, fittingly in his beloved Brixham. A former Navy Referee and Life Member of the Society, harbourmaster of Dartmouth and lifelong Brixham RFC supporter he always had time for others and was prepared to give of himself. Apart from his support of Navy Refereeing he also served on the Devon County Committee and for the Fisherman he had held the position of Fixture Secretary and Secretary before being elected President.
Danny was a true servant of the Game. There are many players who benefitted from his support and wise counsel on they way up through the ranks. As did many referees. The amount of effort he put in to the administration of the Game throughout the South West was legendary. He is survived by his wife Anne and two sons Sean and James. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
The Funeral will be held at St Marys church on Friday 21st December at 2.00pm. A wake will be held at Brixham RFC afterwards.