The club are desperately sad to announce the death of former player, Third Team Captain and Committee Member John Naughton. John passed away peacefully in Dumfries Infirmary after a brave and courageous battle with Covid. This terrible disease took a great guy in the prime of his life.
John was one of the band of players who played for the club when we were struggling to field teams, sometimes travelling short of players and playing full strength sides. The lads, even in defeat, never lost their spirit and would fight to the end. But guys like him kept the club going when we were in danger of folding and let us get to where we are now. John served on the committee and his breadth of contacts and wheeler dealer style helped the club with sponsorship. John negotiated the deal with Arla which was a major coup for the club at the time.
John had a lust for life and a love of sport and comradeship that knew no bounds. He was a season ticket holder at Manchester United and travelled all over the world following the Scottish Football team and the Scottish rugby team. John was a keen tourist with the squad from Fly Half Tours and Far Away Rugby Tours. He was a regular on the Seven Sisters trip plus Dublin, Paris and Twickenham.
He played for the club in Seven and on the Derby trips with Russell Marchant. John also attended four rugby world cups, Australia, France, England and most recently Japan, a record only equalled by Alyn Wyn Jones!
John was very sociable and once in Paris this paid dividends for the boys when his offer to buy a fella at the bar a pint, resulted in Kev from Panasonic letting the lads run up a 1500 euros bar tab on his company credit card. The bar was littered with empty bottles of champagne. Naughton, as he was known by his friends, always had a smile on his face and was up for any daftness. He once led a thirty person Conga out of Armstrong’s on an international day, into the Cinema as people were queuing to go in, then round the bingo hall and back to the pub! There are so many stories of fun and laughter which will be remembered by so many people.
John will be missed by many but especially by his family. He leaves behind his daughter Lauren and his son Ryan, they will miss terribly the force of nature that was their Dad. He also leaves his four grandchildren who were the apple of his eye. His close friends in the club would like to pay special thanks to Donna, who was an absolute rock during John’s illness. Sincere condolences from everyone at Saints to all John’s family, his many friends, both in the club and in the wider community. He will be remembered by so many and missed by everyone.
Rest in peace Naughton.