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Waspie1867 (IP Logged)
01 October, 2016 06:12
Today we mourn the passing of life long Wasps supporter Dixie
SAD NEWS : RIP Richard Curtis, aka Dick, aka Dixie Wasps
Today we mourn the passing of life long Wasps supporter Richard Curtis, to the fans on the terraces and the Drunken Wasps website he was simply known as Dixie

Dixie was 80 this April. He was a retired art and design teacher having spent his entire career at the same school in St Johns Wood. In the last few weeks he has received many messages from ex pupils thanking him for his inspiratonal teaching. He can count a film maker in LA and an editor of Vogue among his proteges.

He was introduced to Wasps at Sudbury by a games teacher. He instantly felt at home and followed them for nearly 70 years to Loftus Road, Wycombe and Coventry. He was a regular on the European trips. This follows one of his other hobbies, the globetrotters club. His passport has many stamps from every continent.

He used his design skills to volunteer advice on buildings, adverts and anything else that interested him both with the professional and the amateur Wasps sides but also the Olympics. Nothing was out of scope.

He had a great belief in giving the young as broad an opportunity and education as possible including an opportunity to try new things. He regularly took pupils on outward bound trips both in this country and abroad.

He supported Wasps FC minis and Youth sections through the years. On any weekend would see him in the stands watching the pros as well as at Twyford Ave watching Wasps FC mens and ladies amateur teams. He was the main club photographer and his work can be seen on the Wasps website.

He was diagnosed with cancer in late April this year and remained alert and cheerful. He enjoyed a glass of beer in the garden in the sunshine last Wednesday. His last few weeks were spent in the company of 2 Sarries fans with whom he shared great rugby stories.

The title "Once a wasp always a wasp" truly applies to the likes of Dixie. Our friend, you will be missed but your infectious love of Wasps will live on.


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