Death of a man who loved sport

The late Trevor Whittaker.
The late Trevor Whittaker.

A FORMER semi-professional footballer from Conisbrough has died at the age of 70, just prior to celebrating his golden wedding.

St Peter’s Church was packed for the recent funeral of Trevor Whittaker, who as a young man alternated between working at Cadeby pit and footballing for numerous teams including Denaby United and Mexborough in the seventies.

He was later employed by Pegler, Doncaster, but returned to the pit when his wife became pregnant with their first child, Trevor.

The church service was conducted by the Rev Graham Fairhurst, who was a fellow pupil with Trevor at Conisbrough’s Northcliffe School, and was followed by cremation at Rotherham.

Trevor’s widow, Rosemary, retired in January after 33 years’ working with Provident at Conisbrough, to spend more time with her husband.

The pair, who loved to travel, were due to celebrate their golden wedding on Saturday.

Rosemary, who is formerly from Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe, met Trevor, her childhood sweetheart, at Denaby’s Tom Hill Youth Club, aged just 15.

“We were introduced by a friend,” she told the Times, “and the first thing Trevor said to me was ‘are there any more like you where you come from?”

“He had a great sense of humour,” she added. “Trevor could make anyone smile. And he was a wonderful husband and father. He put a comical slant on things, but he was a devil on the football field.”

The couple began their married life sharing Rosemary’s parents’ home at Thurnscoe. They moved to their current home at Conisbrough in 1967, and had two sons, Trevor, who would have been 48, and Andrew, 46. Sadly, they lost Trevor to testicular cancer in 1985.

Although they have no grandchildren, Trevor doted on their two godchildren Sam and Kayleigh Ackroyd, said Rosemary, Sam is a gifted footballer and was encouraged in his sport by Trevor.

“Trevor loved all sport, but football, cricket and boxing particularly,” Rosemary added.

The music she chose for the crematorium included the Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy’ and ‘Run’ by Leona Lewis.

Trevor died on March 3 at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. (

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