Boxing and rugby champ Michael Driver-Dickerson has died suddenly at his home in Canada.
‘Puddy’, as he was once affectionately known, left his home city of Gloucester in the late 1960s to live in Australia with his late wife of more than 40 years, Rita, and their two young daughters Julia and Shirley.
But they followed family to Canada and he died recently at his home in Langley.
His family in Gloucester have recalled his days of boxing and rugby back home.
He was born in White City and after attending Finlay Road Primary School he went on to Linden Secondary School for Boys.
Sister-in-law Edwina Driver-Dickerson said: “While he did his national service he took up boxing and was later known to fight in the booths at Gloucester Park Fair, fighting against local boxers including Johnny Williamson.”
He also played rugby for Tredworth Rugby Club while his father was on the committee. Two of his brothers also went on to play regular rugby for Tredworth.
Edwina added: “As much as he loved Canada he loved to come back to Gloucester and catch up with old friends and walk up Robinswood Hill as it was where he and his friend hung out as youngsters.”]
Michael died on November 28 aged 77.
His brother Jeff, the husband of Edwina, added: “It came as a huge shock to us. He had just overcome a major operation but had a blood infection and died suddenly.
“He was a popular man in Gloucester in the 60s what with his boxing and rugby.
“He moved away but he did really well for himself. He ran his own trucking business. He came from his roots in White City and became a dollar millionaire so to speak. He had a very good life.
“We used to speak on the phone every month for a catch up so it has all come as a big surprise to us.”
He leaves behind is two daughters, seven grandchildren and his brothers Jeff, David and Keith.