Rugby

Plymstock Albion Oaks and Tavistock hit hard by the sudden death of Carl Parsons

PLYMSTOCK Albion Oaks have been rocked by the sudden death of their prop Carl Parsons.

The 34-year-old father-of-two tragically died in an industrial accident while at work earlier this week.

Parsons had become a popular figure at Horsham Fields, having joined the club two years ago from fellow Cornwall/Devon League outfit Tavistock, who have also been hit hard by the sad news.

Once social distancing measures have ended and rugby can return both clubs are hoping to join together and honour him in a special way.

“It has hit us hard as he was a big figure at the club,” said Oaks’ player-coach Aiden Taylor.

“It is devastating. I just couldn’t believe it.

“I was close to Carl and it is just shocking news. He was such a top bloke and he had two little girls as well, which makes it even harder to take.”

Taylor admits it is particularly hard that the whole club cannot come together to comfort each other due to the social distancing measures in place at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is quite difficult because as a club we just want to be there for everyone and particularly Benny (Hadfield), his best mate,” said Taylor. “The whole club has been hit hard by it.

“And we don’t know anything about the funeral yet and whether we will be able to even go in the current situation.

“We have all been talking about it on the WhatsApp group and posting pictures and our memories of him, but we just can’t believe it. It is just terrible news.

“I have spoken to Hammy Kerswill at Tavistock about having a game, whether at Oaks or Tavvy, and having a donation and it going to his family.”

Tavistock are just as upset as Parsons was also a popular figure at Sandy Park.

“The news has been horrible to hear,” said Tavistock player-coach Hammy Kerswill.

“Carl took up rugby fairly late on in life and played for Tavistock for a number of seasons.

“It is safe to say he was very much an eccentric and contagious character that you couldn’t help but be absorbed by.

“He was certainly unique and could captivate an audience for lengthy periods of time with his fantastic ability to story tell.

“The boys have been sharing memories and have been grateful for how much of the everyday camaraderie within the club was instigated from Carl’s antics.

“We hope to give him the proper send off he deserves alongside Oaks in the not so distant future.

“Our thoughts go out to (his wife) Amber-Leigh, his girls, family and friends and his rugby families. Carl you will be missed.”

In a tribute, Tavistock player Ash Martin said: “I am really glad we met and became so close. I loved the time and fun memories we had together. I am sad it’s ended so soon. I will never forget you Carlos.”

 

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