George Perry  1946-51

On 26th March, a small, but select team of Old Camdenians joined a large gathering of George Perry’s family and friends to celebrate his long and active life. George was brought up in North London, the third in a family of five children. Following his years at Holloway Grammar School, George enjoyed various overseas postings with REME during his two years National Service. On return, he began a long career with the Post Office, quickly becoming actively involved with organising events for their Sports and Social Club. At about the same time he met, and married, Jenny. Over the years they had three daughters, and the added enjoyment of several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The tributes to George reflected how much he enjoyed the company of others, and of being part of a team. For the OCFC, his energy and enthusiasm were infectious, and his sense of loyalty to team-mates, and the Club, always paramount. For example, it was invariably George who would rescue misdirected footballs from the river at the Elms, Walthamstow; or who would ferry injured players to hospital and return them home after treatment. Moreover, when the Club was running up to eight elevens, he performed wonders as Team Secretary, leaving no stone unturned to ensure each team fielded a full complement. As a player, George’s finest hour probably came for the 3rd XI in the 1958/59 LOB Cup Final by scoring a hat-trick of breakaway goals, each a ‘one on one’ situation, thus terrorising the opposing goalkeeper in the process. Perhaps, though, for many of us, the abiding memory of George is of him relaxing on a bar stool at Burtonhole Lane, a pint of lager top in one hand and a Rizla roll your own in the other, waxing lyrical about the day’s game, and the fortunes of his beloved Chelsea in particular.

George was a great club-man and a proud Old Camdenian, whose friendship will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Our thoughts remain with Jenny and her supportive family at this sad time.

Alan Meyer