Kaye tribute

PUBLISHED: 17:44 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 06 May 2010

Michael Kaye

Michael Kaye

MICHAEL Kaye, who has died aged 75 at Harpenden, had been a member of golf clubs in his native Yorkshire, in Surrey and in Herts, where, as well as membership of Verulam and Harpenden clubs

MICHAEL Kaye, who has died aged 75 at Harpenden, had been a member of golf clubs in his native Yorkshire, in Surrey and in Herts, where, as well as membership of Verulam and Harpenden clubs, he became a committee member and treasurer of the Herts Golf Union.

Educated at Giggleswick School, cricket was his first sporting love, playing for the Leeds club as a wicketkeeper and occasionally for Yorkshire second XI.

He became a member of Moortown Golf Club in Leeds and it was at the Bradford club that golf brought romance into his life when he met Hilary Williamson from Surrey, who as lady captain of the South East Junior Golfing Society, was in a match there, and they married in 1960.

He qualified as a chartered accountant and moved south to Surrey, working for building specialists in London, and joining Kingswood and Walton Heath golf clubs. He joined Laings the builders, and moved to Hertfordshire, living in Leverstock Green. He and his wife joined Verulam, where he won the club championship, his lowest handicap being two.

In 1971 he was appointed chief accountant for Burtons the tailors in Leeds and it was back to Yorkshire, where as well as Moortown, he also joined the Ilkley club. Seven years later, Burtons moved to London and the Kaye family, with a son and two daughters, moved to Harpenden, all the family joining Harpenden Golf Club, where he became treasurer and captain in l977-78. In the 1990s he was finance director for Mary Quant in London. He was also a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and of the MCC.

His wife Hilary, a county player for Surrey, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire, has won the Herts Ladies Championship five times.

A thanksgiving service for Michael Kaye, a Yorkshireman to the core, was held at St. John's Church, Harpenden, attended by representatives of every sporting and business organisation with which he had been connected.

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