Tribute to sporting star turned PE Teacher, 62

David Hoyland
David Hoyland

THE funeral service of a teacher and former Scarborough sporting champion has been held.

Many friends and family attended a service of thanksgiving at Woodlands Crematorium for father-of-one David Hoyland, who died recently aged 62.

The former Scarborough Boys’ High School pupil was an esteemed sportsman and coach.

His friend Michael Wilson paid tribute.

He said: “Known affectionately as ‘Ugly’, David was anything but. Former school-friends recalled an extremely sociable person of many talents but his supreme achievement was his athleticism.

“At the former Scarborough Boys’ High School, his 440 yard sprint in 51.44 seconds marked a record and, as a result, David was awarded Victor Ludorum.

“His sporting prowess, however, extended beyond the athletics field. He also played fast, strong rugby for the High School, Scarborough, Morley, Yorkshire and the Public School Wanderers, with whom he toured Africa.

“David also came very close to playing rugby for England. He donated his Yorkshire cap to Scarborough Rugby Club, where it is on display.”

On leaving Loughborough University, Mr Hoyland became a PE teacher in the south Yorkshire. His playing skills also took him to New York, to train young Americans for the game.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth, his sister, Valerie, and his daughter, Carmen.

l Do you have any memories of David Hoyland? Were you at Scarborough Boys’ High School with David? Did you play rugby with him? Did you know him socially?

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