ORANGE City Rugby Club is mourning the death of Jack Blunt - a man described as “the heart and soul” of the club.
Blunt, the club’s patron, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, aged 88.
Sadly, he is the second club legend to die in two weeks after former Orange City president and life member Charlie Brouwers passed away on August 5.
Blunt was one of the founding members of Orange City.
He put forward the motion the club be formed and then became the inaugural vice-president.
Orange City president Steve Stone said Blunt was a special man.
“He was certainly the heart and soul of Orange City Rugby,” Stone said.
“He was a lovely man who had so much to do with what Orange City is today.”
Blunt continued his association with the club since its formation in 1973 and was a regular at Orange City home games.
“Jack loved the boys. Every season he’d present the jumpers to the boys,” Stone explained.
“He’s always had something to do with the club.
“He came to every presentation night and always gave the toast before dinner.”
Blunt never played for Orange City, but was recognised at the Orange City Invitational 10s tournament.
The Jack Blunt Legends are regulars in the annual 10-a-side event and took the crown in 2009.
Blunt was presented with the 2009 trophy as well as a team jumper by the players before the team played in 2010.
Orange City is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
They already had plenty to play for but Stone said after the passing of Brouwers and Blunt, the players were more motivated than ever.
Orange City will host the Blowes Clothing Cup major semi-finals on Saturday, August 31.