Former Park player Joe Maloy passed away peacefully after a long illness this week. Joe joined the club, then Old Lutonians, from the school in the late 1950s and excelled in the back row until his retirement in the early 1970s. Joe was a hugely skilful and competitive player and as well as rugby, excelled at all sports he took on including cricket, at Luton Town CC, basketball and table tennis. He was part of the side on the only time the club played at Twickenham, in the Middlesex 7s in 1960, along with Roy Cato, Dick Packwood, Graham Taylor, John Seamark, George Thorpe and Jack Walters.
Joe will be fondly remembered by those who knew him and remained a Vice President throughout. He was always supportive and stayed in touch in recent years even when he was not well enough to visit. When the club was broken into a couple of years ago, Joe kindly sent a cheque towards our costs with a simple message, ‘Hope you catch the b******s!!’, which perhaps summed up both his competitive spirit and love for the club.
Our thoughts and condolences at this time are with his wife Eileen and family.