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John Atkinson funeral arrangements

5th January 2018 | 3:19 pm

By Phil Daly

A family funeral service for John will take place at St Chad’s Church, Otley Road, Headingley at 12.30pm on Friday 19th January 2018.

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A family funeral service for John will take place at St Chad’s Church, Otley Road, Headingley at 12.30pm on Friday 19th January 2018.

With capacity limited at the church, the service is for the family and John’s friends however fans are welcome to attend a special “Celebration of John’s Life” in the Headingley Pavilion from 1.45pm that afternoon.

At the request of John’s family members, this will be a very informal occasion with a few words from Carol and others who were close to John and a buffet tea will be served.

And, the Rhinos opening home game of the season against Hull KR at Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium on Thursday 8th February the club will include a special tribute to John who achieved legendary status throughout his 17-year playing career at the club. As part of the celebration, the matchday programme will be dedicated to John with lots of memories and photos from his career.

We would like supporters to contribute their memories of John to include in the programme. It might be a specific match or try that you recall, perhaps your first memory of his career. Please click here to email in your memories so we can include them in the Hull KR programme.