THE friend of a Solihull man who died recently said he and the rest of his rugby club are still in “deep shock” at his sudden death.
Popular sportsman Marc Chetland, who was known as ‘Chet’ to friends and team mates, was found dead at his home in Hollywood, Birmingham on January 11.
This week, Camp Hill RFC Chairman Dave Maiden, who has known Marc since he first played for the club as a teenager, paid tribute to the 37-year-old father.
“We are in deep shock at the sudden and tragic death of Marc,” said Dave.
“Chet was one of the iconic local players of the last 20 years. His commitment to the cause was legendary - no one ever had an easy afternoon playing against him.”
Marc joined Camp Hill in the 1989/90 season as a Colt and joined the first team in 1992. He played 337 games for Camps, scoring 47 tries, 14 penalties and 12 conversions.
“My memories of that cheeky smile and tenacious playing style go back to his early days in the Colts, right through an illustrious first team career of many years,” added Dave.
“His love of the club and the game were at all times evident. Any time the opposition saw our team sheet lacking Chet they heaved a deep sigh of relief.
“His support off the field to myself and many previous chairmen will long be remembered, as will his personal friendship.
“Our prayers and sympathy go out to his family, especially Charlie and the children.”
Marc’s funeral took place on Wednesday at Robin Hood Crematorium. For anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in Marc’s memory, the family’s chosen charity is MIND.