Joe Galibardy

Joe Galibardy, until recently the oldest living Olympic hockey gold medal-winner died on Tuesday 17 May aged 96.

1936 India Gold Medal Winning TeamHe was a member of the India team which beat Germany 8-1 in the 1936 Olympic hockey final in their own back yard in 1936. The Fuhrer was apparently so disgusted with the performance of the host team that when they were 4-1 down he left the stadium leaving Commander in Chief, Hermann Goering to do the honours with the medals.

In a recent interview with 'The Times' Galibardy said he remembered the Berlin Games and the appreciative German crowd during the final, but the highlight of the event was meeting Jesse Owens.

Joseph and Neville GalibardyIn 1956 Galibardy set sail for London with his wife, seven children (pictured with son Neville) and parents after an illustrious domestic hockey career in India.

He died in London leaving his seven children, fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren - one of whom (Harry, aged 12) wrote to England Hockey recently stating how proud he is of his great grandfather and how he much he hopes he can be an inspiration 'to young people like me'.

The funeral is on 31st May at Our Lady and St Georges Church at 12 noon.
The address is: 132 Shernall Street, Walthamstow E17 9HU

His son Neville says everyone from the hockey fraternity is welcome to attend the service.

(A full version of this article may be downloaded from The Times website.)