Daniel Gregory’s Column - Local reaction speaks volumes about sad loss

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MY thoughts go out to the family of Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson at this incredibly difficult time after his sad passing last week - but I hope they can claim some crumb of comfort from the massive outpouring of emotion that the local community has shown, in particular the sporting teams that honoured his memory with a minute’s silence.

I was at Silver Royd for Scarborough RUFC’s moving tribute to Mo prior to their fitting 41-0 win over Heath at Silver Royd on Saturday, before joining my Klosters FC teammates, Mo’s dad John and his business partners and close friends Graeme Young and Oliver Hillier before our game against Castle Tavern on Sunday morning.

Sportsmanship - Scarborough RUFC, joined by visiting team Heath, holds a one minute silence prior to the game for player Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson, who passed away this week. Both teams lined up on the pitch, with Mo's family, friends and collegues in silent remembrance.  Picture by Andrew Higgins 121564f        14/04/12

Sportsmanship - Scarborough RUFC, joined by visiting team Heath, holds a one minute silence prior to the game for player Andrew 'Mo' Stevenson, who passed away this week. Both teams lined up on the pitch, with Mo's family, friends and collegues in silent remembrance. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121564f 14/04/12

Today will be a difficult day for a lot of people as Mo’s funeral takes place at midday. No parent should have to bury their son or daughter at the age of 37 and I offer my sincerest condolences to his dad John and mum Jean.

Mo was quite simply a great guy. I didn’t know him that well until the last year or so. I’d experienced the odd drunken discussion with him at Klosters but nothing major.

But the fact that Mo started chatting to me about all things cricket on a couple of occasions shows what a genuinely nice guy he was.

From there I started playing football for Klosters and I got to know him better. Just last month I was watching the game against Angel and Mo showed up.

I was stood on the sidelines with him for a good hour talking all things Klosters Football Club, Staxton Cricket Club and Scarborough RUFC. Mo was involved with all three.

Mo was planning on making a return to cricketing action this season, which just goes to highlight what a sudden shock his diagnosis and subsequent passing was.

Everything happened so suddenly and I can’t even begin to imagine how tough this must be for his family and closest friends.

There aren’t many people I know of who are so involved in the local sporting community as Mo was.

He was honorary fixture secretary at Scarborough RUFC, treasurer and fan of Klosters FC and played for Staxton CC.

Having played against Mo on the cricket pitch, I can say at first hand that he was a determined and committed player who hit the ball a long way.

All too often when someone passes away, people from all walks of life come out of the woodwork and offer their sentiments.

On this occasion, every single word and tribute are meaningful and honest - Mo was a true gent and he will be sorely missed. R.I.P Mo.