Death of Bobbie Mills, centenarian patron of Dungannon Rugby Club

Bobbie Mills with son Hugh and daughters, Isobel and Roberta.
Bobbie Mills with son Hugh and daughters, Isobel and Roberta.

On a day when rugby followers throughout the country were clebrating a remarkable triumph for Ireland in the Six Nations Championship, the members and friends of the Stevenson Park club were united in sorrow with his loving family at the sad passing of their 100 year old patron, RHB Mills.

Affectionately know to one and all as Bobbie, he clocked up the century in October, died on Saturday after a comparatively short illness and will be laid to rest on Monday after a service in St.Anne’s Church in Dungannon at 2pm,

The genial Bobbie was born just four years into the reign of King George V, the First World War was just a few months under way and the Easter Rising in Dublin was still two years away!

Bobbie, whose family home is in Ranfurly Park just behind the wall at the Ranfurly Road-Wellington Road junction, was educated at Dungannon Tech and he played a little soccer before he became a rugby man.

Bobbie served the Dungannon club immensely well as treasurer, fixtures secretary, twice as president and was in his 21st year as patron. He was Ulster president in 1964-5 and, as a past president, was still entitled to serve on the IRFU Ulster Branch committee.

Among his proudest moments were winning the 1967/8 league and cup double and the unforgettable All-Ireland League title triumph in 2000.