So many messages in tribute to Rob Dawe this morning. Goes to show just how highly he was thought of by everyone & what influence he had.— Hardwicke AFC (@HardwickeAFC) February 8, 2014
He said Rob had been club chairman for the past five years, and had also been heavily involved in Hardwicke AFC, the adult side, managing teams.Hardwicke Rangers was set up by his wife Sue in 1990, because there were no football sides in the county, and the club had gone from strength to strength with Rob managing the teams.It now is one of the most active youth sides in the county.A statement issued by Hardwicke Rangers said: "Firstly, the club would like to pass on its sincere condolences to Rob’s wife Sue, his two sons, Jamie and Andrew and his extended family and friends. Our thoughts are with you. "Rob Dawe was and always will be ‘Mr Hardwicke Rangers’. He and his wife Sue, who founded the club over 20 years ago, are highly respected not only in the local area but throughout the county for their commitment to grass roots football. "Rob has been the chairman of the club over five years, providing great leadership to the club committee whilst always retaining a brilliant rapport with all of the children who play for the club today or in the past." Last year Rob won an FA community award for his volunteer work after being nominated by the youth league.
R.I.P Rob Dawe, I will never forget everything you did for me as a 6 year old trying to get involved in football right up until I was 16.— Jordan Rouse (@jrouse10) February 8, 2014
Rob Dawe lived & breathed football. Also an amazing man with a big heart. Sad day for anyone who knew Mr Hardwicke #RIPBigFella— Tobie Webb (@webby07wba) February 8, 2014
Phil added: "Anyone involved in youth football, particularly in Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean, knew Rob."The avid Tottenham Hotspur fan and dad of two was involved with the county FA Youth Council, the Gloucester Youth Association Football League and the County Cups Committee. He was a qualified referee.
Cannot put into words how gutted I am to hear about a good friend of mine Rob Dawe!!! Made Hardwicke who they are now!!! #RIPMrHardwicke— Nathan O'Neill (@NathONeill1990) February 8, 2014
Sad news about Rob Dawe from the Gloucester Youth Association Football League http://t.co/ERebWWCazL— GYAFL (@GYAFL) February 8, 2014
Sad to hear of the death of Rob Dawe. He was a huge force for @HardwickeAFC and its youth setup. People like him keep grassroots sport going— Old Cryptians RFC (@OldCryptiansRFC) February 8, 2014
Send your tributes to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them below
Sad news for local football. Hardwicke rangers' rob dawe has sadly passed away. Thoughts are with the family. He will be greatly missed
— Quedgeley Wanderers (@QWFC_) February 8, 2014