It's with great sadness and shock that I have to tell you that James Kew was killed in a freak accident last night while out running. Details are still unclear, but it appears James was out with his Saffron Walden running club when he was hit by a fallen down electrical cable in a field. Power to the cable could not be isolated for a number of hours and by that time James was pronounced dead at the scene.
James had been a member for Bishops Stortford Hockey Club for about 20 years, primarily playing for the Men's 3rd and 4th XI, and over the last two seasons has been part of our successful Men's Masters Squad.
From the reaction within the Club, all are deeply shocked and saddened by this awful news. We all knew him as a player who was passionate about the game and his club, and are shocked at the death of a genuinely nice guy who will be missed by all. Having personally played with him over his years for BSHC, I fully concur with the sentiments felt by all within the club, and will miss his presence in the side through future seasons.
The club have a number of summer league fixtures this week and having cancelled tonight's mixed team game, captains and players for tomorrows ladies and men's fixtures will be requesting a minute's silence prior to these commencing as an opportunity for personal reflection of a player that was key to some of the clubs successes throughout his playing career with Bishops Stortford.
The Club offer our deepest condolences to his wife and family throughout this traumatic period.
Messages received from fellow clubs:
St Albans (John Pritchard): Sorry to see the sad news that James Kew was so tragically killed while out running. I didn’t know him personally but suspect I will have played against him in past seasons. Condolences to his family from a fellow Herts hockey player and best wishes to the Bishop Stortford Hockey Club.
Cheshunt (Philip Ward): On behalf of all at Cheshunt HC, and I know ALL will be shocked and saddened by this, we send our condolences to James' family and his many friends at BSHC.
Spalding (Shaun Dewing): Please accept our deepest condolences for your sad loss from all at Spalding Hockey Club. Our thoughts are with you all and for his family at this awful time.