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Denys Carnill (1926-2016)

Hockey family mourns deaths of Denys Carnill and Pierre Belmer

April 12, 2016

FIH was saddened to hear of the recent deaths of Great Britain Olympian Denys Carnill and former Fédération Française de Hockey President Pierre Belmer.

Denys Carnill, the former Great Britain and England hockey captain, died a few weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday.

He played in three Olympic Games, at Helsinki (1952), where he won a bronze medal, Melbourne (1956) and Rome (1960). A speedy left back, he was capped 45 times for England and 27 times for Great Britain, in an era when very few internationals took place annually.

He died after a short illness and leaves Pam, his wife of many years, and two daughters, Libby and Sally.

Pierre Belmer, who was President of the French Federation between 1981-1994, died aged 94 at home on 16 April, after suffering from prostate cancer. 

Pierre's funeral service will be held on Thursday 21 April at 14:00 in the Church St Sauveur in Arras, France. The burial will be in the cemetery of Douai.

Speaking about these men, FIH President Leandro Negre said: "The hockey family is deeply saddened by the deaths of Denys and Pierre who dedicated so much of their lives to our sport. They were both inspirational characters who played hugely important roles in the development of hockey within their country. We wish our deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."


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