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January 5, 2014

Brian Swoffer – remembered

I was greatly saddened to hear of Brian’s death as he was a friend from the time of my mid-teens and the first captain that I played under in Ops’ colours.  If my fading memory serves me well the match was away against Gravesend 2nds on an atrocious pitch at a place called Kings Farm?  During my years with the club Brian was its mainstay, running the selection committee, the bar and pretty well every other important function. He was also the respectable face of the club in hockey circles, mending fences when crossbars were broken at Gore Court and other infractions might have been committed by less well behaved club members. The Ops have lost a true gentleman and I would be greatly honoured if my name could be added to the Book of Condolence.

May the memory of Brian always be connected with the Club and I send my good wishes to all members past and present


Patrick Elston - FOHC circa 1957-1979


Feel sure that a good few will be at the funeral next Monday to pay their respects to a much loved and well respected gentleman

Margaret Butler



Thank you for passing on this sad news. Brian was at all times an absolute gent, a person for whom I had the utmost respect, he will be sadly missed by the club for which he did so very much all who knew him.


Unfortunately I must apologise for being unable to attend the funeral, could you please sign the remembrance book for me as I am away from Folkestone?


Brian Dallaway


I remember Brian’s unstinting efforts in organising the Bar, taking deliveries, etc  – but also that he became the “father” figure for FOHC around Kent Hockey.


Rodney Kilbee


It is of course with great sadness that Brian is no longer with us, but he had a full life, and will be missed.

He was a true English gentleman, a rare breed in the so called celebrity culture we live in today. He was a celebrity in his own right, and for all the right reasons.

I remember him so well from the 60s , at the old Ops pavilion standing behind the bar , and supplying me with endless Brown Ale ( disgusting stuff ) with his light hearted and good natured banter/ repartee.

Please pass on my sincere condolences to the family, and sign the book on my behalf.

Regrettably I will not be able to attend the funeral, which is a pity, as I will miss meeting some of the other stalwarts of FOHC from times past.

With Very Best Wishes to you and the Ops of which Brian was so proud,


Joe Hill (Ops 1962-1970) Truro, Cornwall.


‘Thank you Brian for many happy hours on the golf course; on the hockey pitch & in the bar of the The Folkestone Optimists Club’.


Ralph Carter


Thank you for forwarding the unhappy news that our esteemed Friend has passed away.

Such a very sad time for the family and what a huge loss to the club. We all know that Brian is irreplaceable but I am certain that many, many memories of a kind and generous real gentleman will stay with us forever.

If there is a condolence book or card, I would be pleased if you would sign on my behalf as I am in America. – Brian was a true gentleman and it is a privilege to have known him.


Sue Slater VP


Thank you so much for letting me know. I will certainly wish to attend the funeral.

Always thought Brian would live forever. Very sad!


Mike Upton


How very sad.  I hoped that he would be with us for a little longer.  Brian was always the Optimist Hockey Club, we will miss him so much


Maureen Lewsey


Sad to hear! An icon of Folkestone hockey


Steve Rawlings


What a truly wonderful man Brian was.  Thoughtful, kind and caring.  A great loss to FOHC but will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.  I feel so privileged to have known him.


Jackie Preston