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Obituary | Former director Sir David Jones

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The club is saddened to hear of the passing of former Leicester Tigers director Sir David Jones at the age of 76.

Sir David was a former chairman and chief executive of retailers Next and served as a Tigers director between 1997-2005.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1982 but kept it a secret from colleagues for many years.

Leicester Tigers chairman Peter Tom CBE said: “We were saddened to learn that Sir David passed away earlier this week. He was a valued colleague for eight years in the early part of the professional era and was also a leading figure at Next who were the club’s main partners. I pass on our condolences to his friends and family.”

Born in Malvern in 1943, David attended King’s School, Worcester and began his retail career as a clerk before qualifying as a chartered secretary and certified accountant.

Next said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that Next records the passing of its former chairman and chief executive Sir David Jones CBE over the weekend.

“David will be remembered by many of his colleagues as the man whose courage, good sense, kindness and hard work navigated the company through its most demanding moments in the late 1980s until his retirement in 2006.”