Mike Hordern

Mike Hordern: Officer, Gentleman and Boulist

Mike Hordern, life president of Arundel Pétanque Club, has passed away at the magnificent age of 101. He was universally loved and respected, a lovely man, who we were all proud to call our friend.

Mike was imbued with the bulldog spirit. He served as a naval officer from 1933 to 1958 and during the war flew Hurricanes as a member of the Fleet Air Arm, distinguishing himself in operations across the globe. He met Liz, a Wren, in 1939, who became his wife for 64 years. In due course they ran a pub, The Thatched House in Felpham village.

Mike and Liz joined the Lamb Pétanque Club in 1992. Mike showed considerable aptitude for pétanque. The Lamb was forced to close but Mike stayed in the game and was a founder member, later life president, of Arundel PC. He was an active player, including leagues, well into his 90s.

Above all Mike will be remembered for his amiable and engaging personality, his sincerity, his kindness cheerfulness and modesty. He was one of life’s gentleman and he will be greatly missed.

Geoff Sully