FORMER Hunslet and Keighley prop Geoff Crewdson, who passed away recently at the age of 83, was seen off in style last week by his family, friends and former teammates.

A wake was held in his honour at the Queens Arms, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, following his cremation at Lawnswood Cemetery.

Crewdson’s abiding consideration for others – a quality that played a part in his being appointed captain of New Hunslet in the 1970s – was illustrated by the fact that he stipulated, prior to his death, that an on-line collection be held in support of the Alzheimer’s Society charity; his widow, Eileen, has been diagnosed with the condition.

A member of the Hunslet RL Ex-Parkside Former Players’ Association reflected: “He was thinking of her welfare right until the end.”

Geoff `Skin’ Crewdson played 128 games for the Hunslet and New Hunslet clubs between 1969 and 1975. He had joined the south Leeds outfit from Keighley, for whom he featured 288 times from 1955 and for whom he was a member of the Hall of Fame. He was selected for the Great Britain squad that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1966, playing 13 games.

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