It is with profound sorrow that Beeston Hockey Club announces the passing of our esteemed Club Patron, Michael Rowen, at the age of 79. Born and educated in Nottingham, attending Mountford House and Nottingham High School, Michael’s unwavering dedication and passion for the club have left an indelible mark on our community.

Apart from his invaluable contributions to Beeston Hockey Club, Michael held several distinguished positions throughout his life. As Chairman of J N Rowen Ltd, he provided strong leadership in the business world. His commitment to community development was evident through his roles as former Chairman of The Prince’s Trust for Nottinghamshire and the Nottingham University Samworth Academy. At the time of his passing, Michael was actively serving as Chairman of The Grantham Canal Partnership.

In addition to being the Patron of Beeston Hockey Club, Michael was a member of the Nottingham & Notts United Services Club and The Army and Navy Club. His service to the community was recognised in 2008 when he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant.

As one of the longest-standing members and ardent supporters of the club for decades, Michael played a pivotal role in many of our successes. His contributions to the club have been invaluable, fostering a strong sense of unity and purpose throughout the years.

Since 2007, Michael has served as the Patron of Beeston Hockey Club, offering steadfast support and invaluable counsel that has significantly impacted the club’s growth and accomplishments. His warm presence and sage guidance will be deeply missed by all.

Graham Griffiths, the Chairman of Beeston Hockey Club, expressed his heartfelt condolences: “We bear witness to a poignant chapter in the club’s history. It is through the unwavering commitment of members like Michael that our club has flourished. On behalf of Beeston Hockey Club, I extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Ann, and his entire family during this difficult time.”

Michael’s funeral will be held on Monday 17th April, 12pm at Bramcote Crematorium, Coventry Lane, Nottingham, NG9 3GJ. The wake will be held at Beeston Hockey Club.

The family has requested no flowers; if persons would like to make donations in his memory, please make them to Nottingham Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.

We celebrate the legacy he leaves behind and pledge to honor his memory through our continued pursuit of excellence, both on and off the pitch.

Pictured: Graham Griffiths, Michael Rowen and David Griffiths in 2007 at the Nottingham Sports Awards Evening, where Michael accepted the club’s invitation to become its Patron.