The funeral of Mike Tremlett, the former Moseley scrum-half and long-serving North Midlands referee, will take place at Redditch Crematorium on March 29 at 11.45am and afterwards at the Abbey Hotel in Redditch.
Family flowers only please but donations can be made to British Heart Foundation.
Club ties would also be welcome at the funeral.
Tremlett passed away recently after a brave battle against cancer.
The former Moseley Grammar School pupil followed a distinguished playing career by becoming a well-respected referee and a member of the North Midlands Society of Rugby Football Referees for more than 50 years.
He also represented the NMSRFR on the North Midlands Disciplinary Committee for 37 years before he retired last summer.
Dai Scard, North Midland Chairman of Discipline, and Peter Jordan, North Midlands Disciplinary Secretary, paid a joint tribute to a man they worked closely with for many years.
“Mike Tremlett was a proud family man, a man of integrity and a rugby man through and through. It has been our privilege to serve on Disciplinary with Mike all this century. He was a key member of our team as a panel member, as our record keeper and as our link with the North Midlands Referees Society. Mike’s contribution to Rugby and to Discipline in the county was outstanding,” they said.
“Mike was a true friend, loyal, dependable and supportive. We owe him a great personal debt and shall miss him terribly.
“Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Julia and the family. Mike had come to terms with the seriousness of his illness and the strength of character he showed in his acceptance of what was to be was a lesson to us all. As he said when he telephoned to give us the news “I have been privileged to enjoy over 80 good years. I shall enjoy the last one. What a man!”
Dave Thomas, NMSRFR Secretary, was one of the referees who benefited from Tremlett’s advice after he had turned to assessing from refereeing.
He was greatly appreciated as a watcher, as they were called in the past, and even Roger Quittenton, used to say after Mike had watched him he would give him three things to think about about on the way home and he was grateful for the advice,” Thomas said.