Cyril Francis Dashwood. 1925-2012.

By Robin Elliott, former president.

Cyril Dashwood, former Treasurer, died on 25 April 2012 at the age of 87.

A chartered accountant, he became Hon Treasurer of the (English) Hockey Association in1983, served until 1992 and helped set up the National Hockey Federation and the National Hockey Foundation for the control of the National Stadium at Milton Keynes.

DASHWOOD  Cyril - deceasedBorn on 15 March 1925 in Slough, he was the youngest of four children.  He was educated at Cranleigh School and commenced paid articles to become a Chartered Accountant in 1942.

Within a year,  he was called up to serve in the second world war. He became a pilot officer in the RAF, serving in Rhodesia until 1945 when he returned to London to complete his articles.

He firstly played his club hockey with Slough HC before moving on to join Richmond HC in 1953, the year he was first selected to play for his county, Bucks, where he joined his older brother Bobby in the team.

The brothers (numbers 2 and 9) were founding members of the Cygnets HC which was a Sunday and Easter invitation touring side of some distinction. Both were later to become president of that club.

In 1958 he married Prue with whom he had three children, Richard, Joanne, and William. Prue died in 2000. The family have always lived in Chesham Bois where Cyril was a hard working gardener, particularly keen on his dahlias.

His professional career prospered and, ultimately, he became senior partner of Chartered Accountants Moores Rowland which continues to grow and merge. He was a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants and a Freeman of the City of London.

His interest in hockey continued in his roles as Treasurer of Bucks CHA through most of the 1960’s and then it’s county President; Treasurer of the South division and also a  South selector.

It was Hockey Association president Robin Fletcher who invited him to become treasurer of the national body. Initially he declined  but was persuaded and took office in 1983 where he played a significant role in stabalising the organisation's finances. When he retired some 10 years later, England Hockey was in a strong financial credit position, a remarkable turn-around. He was a vice president of the HA and was awarded the National Award of Merit.

Later he became a director of the National Hockey Centre (NHC) and the National Hockey Foundation (NHF) which he chaired for one year ; these being for the new hockey stadium at Milton Keynes. He was justly proud that he was responsible for the setting up of the NHC as a trading company and the NHF as a charity thus saving hockey many thousands of pounds in taxes.

In retirement he remained interested in hockey, was active at NADFAS (Decorative and Fine Arts Society), played Bridge, travelled widely, attended Lords, and maintained his close association with his local choral and music society.

His funeral will take place at St Mary’s, (old) Amersham on Wednesday May 9 at 3pm.