It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Tudor died peacefully at home on 3rd July. He had joined St. George’s Hill Golf Club whilst at RMA Sandhurst to which he had gone shortly after leaving Rydal School.
Tudor was commissioned into the South Wales Borderers, and served in the UK, Hong Kong, Aden, and Botswana. During his military service, he played rugby for the Army, and played for Combined Services against Australia in 1966. He led his regimental team to victory in the Army Challenge Cup in 1968/69.
Tudor’s father, Ivor Williams played rugby for Cardiff and the British Lions and went on to Captain St. George’s Hill GC in the early 70’s.
Tudor, who joined Harlequin FC in 1964, was a strong running and hard tackling full back. His playing career coincided with the great Bob Hiller, but he still managed to play a number of matches for the 1st XV. He went on to Captain the ‘Wanderers’ (the 2nd XV) in 1970-71. He continued thereafter to play in A XVs including the ‘Harlequin Gentlemen’ and subsequently was manager of several of their very enjoyable tours.
After leaving the army in 1969 Tudor joined a kitchen equipment company owned by another former Harlequin player, Peter Wilson and he became an expert in the design and fit out of kitchen equipment for schools, restaurants and businesses including St. George’s Hill Golf Club.
Having joined the Forty Club many years before, Tudor managed the XL Club match against the Windcheaters GS from 1993 – 2011 (preceded by Peter Wilson). The “Windies” are the pre-eminent golfing society in Northern Ireland, with many Irish international sportsmen, particularly cricketers, amongst their members. They hold XL GS in the highest esteem as we continued to tour there – to Royal County Down, their spiritual home – throughout the “Troubles”, when most others did not.
Tudor leaves behind his beloved wife Anne, and loving family.
A ‘Celebration of Life’ Service for Tudor will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Cobham on 31st July 2018 at 3.00 pm at which XL Club members will be very welcome and club ties should be worn.