Three Rivers Golf Members
A Tribute to Mike Lane
Published : 05/02/2021
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Mike Lane
Club Captain 2013
It is with great regret that the golf club has received the very sad news that Mike
Lane, a well liked and respected past captain, has passed away from COVID
related causes on 19th January at Broomfield Hospital.
Mike had been a member at Three Rivers for over forty years, throughout a
number of changes of ownership, and was a founder member of the Mid
Saturday school and played in this and other mid week schools continuously until
last year.
Mike had helped care for his wife, Christine, who had suffered a stroke in her mid
thirties for forty years and brought up two daughters , Kirstie and Michelle (a
previous club ladies champion) who he encouraged to play golf enthusiastically
enough for both to also join Three Rivers as lady members.
Unfortunately Mike suffered from Parkinson’s disease for about the last 10 years
of his life and, despite this, was honoured to accept the invitation from the club to
become Club Captain. Despite being unable to play many matches because of
his illness, Mike attended virtually every club match and was considered by everyone who knew or met him to be
an excellent ambassador for the club.
He was not a wealthy man, but was first to offer to buy a round of drinks at the bar and was extraordinarily
generous with his friendship, humor and companionship, always welcoming new members to the club and the
Mid Saturday school, if they had no one else to play with.
About two years ago, Mike was unable to cope at home on his own due to his illness and joined his wife in a care
home in Chelmsford.
It is rare that you meet someone who, it is unanimously agreed, has never said a bad word about anybody, but
Mike Lane was one such man and anyone who met him will remember him with happy memories and great
Written by Paul West, friend and golfing partner.

For those who knew Mike, there is a tribute page set up where donations can be made to the charities nominated by the family in Mike's memory.