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Dedicated football manager and fundraiser dies aged 52
A DEDICATED football manager and fundraiser from Broad Chalke, known for his sense of humour and ability to lead from the front, has died aged 52.
Steve Chalk was diagnosed with melanoma – a form of skin cancer – two years ago and died at his home on Thursday morning.
During his illness Mr Chalk raised awareness of melanoma by forming a fundraising group, #somethingsillyinjune, to raise proceeds for Factor 50 – the leading charity supporting skin cancer patients.
Accompanied by fellow footballers and friends, he ran 100 miles along the South Downs Way between Winchester and Eastbourne last year.
Helped by other fundraising events, the group raised about £22,000 for Factor 50 over the past two years.
Mr Chalk grew up in Broad Chalke with mother Maureen, father Ron, brother Ian and sister Carol.
He went to Broad Chalke Primary School and then attended Bishop Wordsworth’s School.
On leaving school he joined the Junior Leaders’ Regiment Band at Bovington Camp and spent 17 years as a percussionist in the 14th/20th King’s Hussars, travelling around the world.
In 1994 Mr Chalk moved back to Broad Chalke, where he set up a printing business and most recently worked in the horticultural industry as a sales manager for Wessex Horticultural and William Sinclair Horticultural.
“He put 100 per cent into everything he did,” said his mother Maureen. “Everything he did had to be done right and everybody loved working with him.”
Mr Chalk was married to Penny and had two children, Joe and Amy.
He played a big part in the community particularly with his football coaching. His first managerial position was when he joined Chalke Valley Football Club in 2002, working tirelessly to get them promoted to the Wilts County League Premier Division from the Salisbury & District League.
Then in 2011 he left to manage Shrewton United in the Toolstation Western League. He was also involved with the new FC Salisbury United Corinthians futsal team, who completed a league and cup double in their debut season in the Swindon league.
His brother Ian, who is manager of Bemerton Heath Harlequins, said: “When my brother had an idea he went for it, did it and controlled it from the front.
“He was an infectious character and people showed massive support towards him and his ideas. He was such a positive person, had a great sense of humour, he was determined and was a natural leader.
“I’ve not only lost my brother but a best friend. He will be sorely missed.”
A memorial service is being held for Mr Chalk in Broad Chalke Parish Church on Friday, August 23, at 2.30pm and people attending are asked to wear bright colours.