Raiders coach in Tottman tribute
PUBLISHED: 08:40 12 August 2011
Marshall: Loss of life is tragic
Romford Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall added his own tribute to local official Dave Tottman, who passed away suddenly last week.
A post-mortem revealed Tottman, who had been in plaster recovering from a ruptured quad muscle, died after a blood clot formed in his leg and reached his lung.
His funeral takes place at the City of London Crematorium, Manor Park, E12 5DQ at 10.30am today (Friday) and Marshall said: “I got a message from Mick (Cahill). It’s tragic what happened.
“Dave was a good guy and I had a lot of time for him. He had seen me play since I was a kid and my heart goes out to the family, especially Joy.”
A statement from daughters Joy and Claire said: “Our dad passed away because of a blood clot. A full inquest is being held into whether this was caused by the plaster on his leg and if anything could have been done to prevent this happening.
“Whatever the result of the inquest we have lost our dad and it is difficult not to feel cheated. We are taking comfort from the kind messages and memories people are sharing and would like his funeral to be a celebration of his life and the person he was to us all.
“Dad’s favourite colour was red and we ask that everyone wears something red on the day to brighten what will be a very sad day for us all. Hockey/officials shirts are also welcome.”
Tottman was a parrot enthusiast and anyone wanting to make donations to the Parrot Sanctuary can do so at www.parrotzoo.com.
*Raiders were forced to cancel their practice session due to unrest in the town this week.
Rink bosses closed the Rom Valley Way facility early on Tuesday, following attacks on shops the night before.
But Marshall has been pleased with the team’s early pre-season sessions, saying: “Everyone seems to be in shape and looking fit.
“We’ve not had the full team out on the ice yet and we’ve not been doing anything too serious, it’s just a matter of getting the legs going again, but I’m happy.”
Fixtures for the new English National League season were released this week (see page 58) and Marshall was pleased with Romford’s schedule.
He said: “They’ve worked out pretty well for us.
“As long as we don’t get any games cancelled like last season, they’re not too bad.
“You’ve got to play everyone, but it’s good to be playing the Isle of Wight nice and early so we can see what they’re about.”
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