Details announced for funeral of former Northampton Saints chairman

Leon Barwell
Leon Barwell

The funeral of former Northampton Saints chairman Leon Barwell will be held at All Saints Church in the town centre on Thursday next week.

The service will start at 10.30am and people planning to attend are advised to arrive at the church early to allow plenty of time to get seated and for the service to begin on time.

Mr Barwell’s hearse will leave Franklin’s Gardens for All Saints Church at 10am.

The 46-year-old, who stepped down as chairman in early June and had been a member of the board of directors since 1999, died on Friday. He had been battling cancer for the past 18 months.

A Northampton Saints spokesman said: “The Barwell family have been overwhelmed and sincerely touched by the hundreds and hundreds of messages sent both through the club and to them directly, and thank everyone who has been in touch to offer their condolences.

The Northampton Saints offices will be closed on Thursday, June 27th, as a mark of respect.

The club’s acting chairman, Tony Hewitt, led the tribute’s to Mr Barwell last week and described Mr Barwell as a “massive part” of the recent successes the club had enjoyed on and off the pitch.

He said: “It is tragic for both the club and the Barwell family that he has been taken away from us just as the next chapter of his life was beginning.

“He was wholeheartedly committed to the club in every way possible, something that was demonstrated clearly in his determination to present the chairman’s awards at our end of season dinner only a few weeks ago and attend the Aviva Premiership Final.

“Going forward, it is vital that we continue Leon’s legacy and look to realise his ambitions for the team and the club as a whole.”