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Tributes to hockey club stalwart

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A sports club is to honour a much-loved and respected member who died suddenly after a fall at home.

Holcombe Hockey Club is planning a permanent tribute to Steve Link, who had been involved in the hockey community in the Towns for decades, and was a familiar face at the club's base in Curtis Way, Rochester.

He fell at home on Monday, August 20, and died the next day.

The father of five, who was in his 50s and and lived in Chatham, played for the club when he was younger, managed the second team last season and also kept the media updated about what was going on there.

Director of Hockey Jon Rye said he was a "good guy with a heart of gold" and that his death had come as a huge shock to everyone because it was so sudden.

He said: "He’d do anything for anybody, he was always thinking of others before himself. He will be sorely missed at the club this season."

The funeral will be held on Thursday, September 6, at St Thomas of Canterbury Church in London Road, Rainham, at 10am.

Members are invited to raise a glass in Steve’s memory at the club afterwards.

Anyone considering making a charitable donation is asked to wait until the event at the club afterwards, where a collection will be made for the Combat Stress and Macmillan Cancer Support charities.

A minute’s silence will be held before each of the club’s home games on Saturday, September 15, and the men’s second 11 will wear black armbands.

The club’s committee will decide on a permanent tribute to Steve in the future. He leaves behind a son, Chris, and a daughter, Natalie.

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