It is with great regret that AFD announces the sudden death of John Hewitt in the early hours of Wednesday 21st May.
John joined AFD in the mid 1960s becoming a loyal regular member of the team as a sprinter, although he was always willing have a go at other events to help the team out. He moved into officiating at the same time he became a football referee, the other sport John excelled at. John became qualified as a time keeper over 30 years ago and was a regular on the timekeepers stand at local and County events. John did not restrict himself to timekeeping but was always helping setting up whether it was hurdles or sweeping the roads at the Road Relays.
In the last 10 years John passed on his knowledge of athletics becoming a High Jump Coach, always willing to help athletes at every level.
The last few days of John’s life illustrates his dedication and commitment. On Friday he was down at the Military stadium checking equipment before Saturdays Home Southern League Match. On Saturday he was incharge of laying out and moving hurdles. On Monday evening he was at AFD Committee meeting and on Tuesday he was coaching High Jump.
John will be missed not only as a tireless worker, respected official, dedicated coach but as a good friend to all at AFD.