SLATER: Mary

Died Friday, 21 June 2013, aged 89: Mary Slater, daughter of Fred Iveson, founder of Sandal Rugby Club, died in Pinderfields Hospital. She was a sports enthusiast herself and in 1953 was one of the group of women who inaugurated the ladies’ section of Wakefield Hockey Club at College Grove. Mrs Slater attended Wakefield Girls High School and was a member of Wakefield Flower Club and the Historical Society.  Her husband, Alan, was one of the city’s finest amateur golfers and following Mary’s death Wakefield Golf Club flew its flag at half-mast as a mark of respect to her and in remembrance of Alan. He was runner-up in the British Amateur Golf Championship, winner of the Brabazon Trophy and a leading player for Yorkshire and England in the 1950s and 1960s. A director of the engineering firm of Slater & Crabtree, he died in 1988, aged 69. One of their sons, Julian, played rugby union for Sandal Colts before playing for Huddersfield and becoming captain of Morley 1st XV.

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