'He was a friend to me' - George Hook leads tributes to late former London Irish chairman David Fitzgerald
George Hook was one of many people to take to social media and pay tribute to former London Irish chairman David Fitzgerald who died on Saturday.
Fitzgerald, 55, had been battling cancer but, until quite recently, had remained as the Exiles chairman.
Fitzgerald, who also played for London Irish during the professional era, had a pivotal role in the club’s change of ownership and location and was a beloved character there.
In a statement issued by Premiership Rugby, chairman Quentin Smith wrote: "We have lost a true friend - devoted to London Irish, Ireland and rugby in all its aspects."
Irish Independent columnist George Hook described Fitzgerald as a “friend to me.”
Former Leinster u20 captain David Fitzgerald died yesterday, It came as a great shock to all at TCD and London Irish. He was a friend to me.— George Hook (@ghook) February 21, 2016
A minute's silence in honour of David Fitzgerald, our former Chairman and Director pic.twitter.com/ErW9XC4Xdk— London Irish (@LiRFC) February 21, 2016
All here at Aldershot and Fleet RFC are very saddened to hear of David Fitzgerald. RIP. @LiRFC— A & F RUFC (@AFRUFC) February 20, 2016
@LiRFC shocked to hear about David Fitzgerald. Sat on PRL committees with him. Beacon of common sense in a mad world .— simon cohen (@simonjcohen) February 20, 2016
Sorry to hear about David Fitzgerald... worked for him when I was at Andersen Consulting years ago. Big man, big character @LiRFC— Jonathan McKenna (@DrYew) February 20, 2016
London Irish former Chairman, David Fitzgerald, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. A good man he will be missed— chris jones (@chrisjones51) February 20, 2016
RIP David Fitzgerald, a fine decent man, 100% London Irish. He will be missed hugely and leaves a huge legacy for his beloved @LIrfc.— Jim O'Toole (@JimOToole) February 20, 2016
Our thoughts are with David Fitzgerald's family at this difficult time. David was an excellent boss,leader & coach,he will be sorely missed— LondonIrishAcademy (@AcademyIrish) February 21, 2016