Ian “Slim” King – RIP

Chiswick RFC regrets to announce that Ian “Slim” King passed away in his sleep at 3.45 am, Thursday morning 25th June 2020, after a short, sharp battle with cancer, aged 65.  Three weeks ago he was told, on the phone that  he had cancer of the pancreas and it had become Stage 4 cancer. Slim had felt ill since around the beginning of Lock-Down and and the measures together with the nature of his illness meant diagnosis and any chance of treatment was not possible.

Slim retired from work in January 2019 and had enjoyed a very active retirement on his allotment, cross-fit training and gardening; he bought a new car and looked at least 10 years younger than his years. He had a good private pension and was all set to enjoy a stress-free retirement and enjoy life. It was not to be. Last Sunday he enjoyed Father’s Day at home and on Monday was admitted to Maidstone Hospital for a procedure which proved not possible because of the very rapid deterioration in his health. His family were going to take him home today.

Slim leaves behind a widow, Dawn, a daughter Natalie, and two sons Darryl and Nathan and four grandchildren and a mother Joan who he’d relocated to Maidstone only this year. He also leaves behind an awful lot of good friends.

Work is work and Chiswick Rugby Football club is something else and for some people it has been a very important part of their lives and achievements and Slim was one of those – he took enormous satisfaction in being a CRFC first team regular (over 250 1st XV caps), County Clubs and Combined London Old Boys prop and of course Old Meadonian 1st XV Captain in 1983/84 & 1984/85 and in later years a regular veterans team player.  His considered heyday was being part of the front row with (Trevor) Smithy and Miles (Burke) and he was also pleased that he was born and raised in Valletta Road, Acton, the same road as Chairman, Kelvin Campbell for whom he also held a great affection.

In case you are wondering “Slim” was named Ian but called Slim by his school games master, Tony Reynolds and the name stuck.


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