coach and musician Michael Rhymes dies aged 80 From The Oxford Times He was promoted to sergeant in 1967 and when he left Oxford in 1976 to become an inspector at Banbury, he was described by his boss at a farewell party as 'one of the cornerstones of the police in the city'.
During his 19 years as a city policeman, he had worked in burberry jacket sale all departments, including traffic, the control room, administration and with CID. He also earned three commendations. He said at the time: "Putting policemen back on the beat has helped us enormously and I think it has helped the community too. We now have a much better rapport with people." During his 30 years in the police, he was able to pursue two of his passions music and rugby. He played cornet in the Thames Valley Police band and captained the Oxford City and Thames Valley Police rugby teams. He later cheap burberry sale outlet became coach and organiser of police rugby. Rugby played a huge part in his life. In his younger days, he was a member of Oxford RFC and later became a passionate supporter of Gosford All Blacks at Kidlington. His son, Rod, said: "He attended 95 per cent of games, home and away. His role was to write the match reports for the Oxford Mail. He described himself as 'Mike UPB' (Unofficial Press Bod)." After retiring from the police in 1987, he started his second career as a private and commercial investigator covering a range of investigations all over the country. Mr Rhymes, who lived in Kidlington and died on May 21, leaves a widow Joyce, whom he married at Littlemore Parish Church in 1963, daughter Caroline, son Rod, grandchildren Charlotte, Laura, April, Katie and Pippa and great grandchildren Oliver, Archie, Molly and Finley. Tributes at the thanksgiving service were given by John Batey, a police colleague and lifelong friend, Gosford All Blacks' coach Matt Watts and Rod Rhymes.
Mr Rhymes said his father was devoted to his family, and never lost an opportunity to attract new players to rugby. He burberry factory added: "It would be a fitting tribute burberry jacket outlet price if the article could be signed off stating 'Gosford All Blacks are recruiting new players and pre season starts soon' he would love that.".
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