It is with great sadness that we must report the sudden and untimely passing of Mark Rye whilst on holiday in Australia.

Mark was a long-standing and invaluable member who was involved in so many different facets of life at the club.  He was Club Captain from 1997-2000 and Club President from 2011-15, and will be sorely missed by us all.

We send our deepest condolences to his wife Gill and children, Sam and Claire.

A Message from Sam Rye, Mark’s son:

Gill, Claire & Sam Rye, Elinor Cuttiford, Ash & River Cuttiford-Rye, and Mike Bennett are sad to announce the unexpected and sudden passing of Mark Rye in Australia on 6 February.

Mark was deeply loved by his extended family across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Spain and the United States. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, uncle, son and friend to so many people and we know he will be missed.

Mark made a huge impact in his life with his warmth, wit and cheer, across his career in the music industry, his dedication to Surbiton Hockey Club, his local community, and in his personal relationships which he held so dear.

We ask you to remember your happy memories with Mark and to play your favourite music.

There will be a small ceremony in Australia very soon, and we hope, a memorial event in London which we will share details of when we know more. We intend to find a way for you to share your stories and memories of Mark, so that we can all celebrate his life. More details will be shared as they are available.

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