Tributes paid to Ripon stalwart who died after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms
Tributes have been paid to a Ripon community stalwart who died this week after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms.
In a statement, Ripon Rugby Club said their treasurer and 'dear friend' Jonathan Rutter made an 'outstanding contribution' to the city, and that he will be deeply missed by all who knew him and benefited from his tireless commitment and dedication.
The club statement reads: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our Club Treasurer and dear friend, Jonathan Rutter.
"Jonathan was admitted to hospital with Coronavirus symptoms late last week and unfortunately passed away on Monday.
"Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. All our thoughts and prayers reach out to Hillary, Benjamin and Jennifer at this most difficult time; and it is important that they know that the fantastic community that is Ripon Rugby Club is there for them, now and in the future.
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"Jonathan worked very hard for many years on the Club’s Executive Committee and his outstanding participation is greatly appreciated by us all.
"There will be a time for all of us to come together to celebrate Jonathan’s life and contribution to Ripon life. Sadly that cannot be today, but when this terrible illness is defeated we will join together in remembrance and share our thoughts and memories. God bless and stay safe."