Gerry Unsworth Obituary – Death

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Gerry Unsworth Obituary – Death

Gerry Unsworth Obituary – DeathGerry Unsworth, former Rochdale Hornets player has passed away on the 10th September 2021 aged 86 years.

Gerry signed for Rochdale Hornets on 9th November 1955 and made his debut on the wing against New Zealand, he remained at Hornets for all his career. There he made lifelong friend David Evans who has described him many times as a great friend and who has also mentioned that he held Gerry in high regard and he was an amazing playing colleague.  Gerry will be remembered for his jovial nature by his close friends and family.

Cause of death

Gerry had suffered for several years with ill health including Alzheimer’s, for the past few years.

Funeral arrangement

There is no news yet from the family concerning funeral arrangements or visitation time.

Nothing prepares a person for the loss of a loved one and so at a dire time like this, we extend our warmest condolences to the family of the deceased.

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Rochdale Hornets
“The club is saddened to hear of the passing of Gerry Unsworth, Hornets one club wingman of the 50s and 60s, aged 86.
Heritage number 631, he made 236 appearances for Hornets, scoring 82 tries.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Gerry’s family and friends at this sad time. ❤️”

Rochdale Hornets RLFC 1958-64
“More sad news I’m afraid. Gerry Unsworth Hornets one club wingman of the 50s and 60s has passed away aged 86 😢
Gerry signed for Rochdale in November 1955 from Wigan Road juniors, Leigh. He made his debut only a few days later, on the 19th, scoring a try in the 16-17 loss against the touring NZ Kiwis. Over the next 11 seasons he would play 236 games for Rochdale scoring 82 tries. His final game was the 4-2 away victory at Doncaster on the 16th April 1966. Gerry enjoyed a well earned benefit and retired from the game due to injury in October ’66.
Gerry will be remembered as a fast and fearless winger and was part of Hornets fine Leigh born three quarter line of Unsworth, Norman Short, Les Jones and Ray Buxton in the late 50s. His Heritage number is 631
My condolences go out to his family, several of whom follow this page. ‘Onward, Hornets, Onward’