London Welsh Rugby Club are saddened to hear of the death of one of its most loyal supporters, Patrice Auroux.
Patrice was a proud Frenchman from the Ardennes and came to Old Deer Park for the first time in 1986 after meeting his wife Maggie who he married in 1990 at Marylebone Registry Office. Soon after they had a blessing at St Marys Church in Paddington Green.
Patrice joined the French Navy at the age of 17, eventually becoming a Senior Steward. He came to London 40 years ago to work at the RAC Club in Pall Mall as a head waiter. After they married, Maggie and Patrice took over the running of Pratts Club in St James’s where Patrice became club steward and chef.
His love of good food and wine was legendary and during his time at Pratts, Patrice had the honour of cooking for the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother on a number of occasions.
Four years ago, both Patrice and Maggie retired from Pratts and moved to Penarth where they quicky integrated themselves into the local community.
Patrice was a great fan of both the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir and London Welsh Male Voice Choir and together with Maggie often accompanied both choirs on their overseas tours.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him and by his friends at London Welsh RFC.
We have no details at this time of the funeral arrangements but will endeavour to publish these when provided.