The Borders Refs Society was saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Dun.
Jack was a founding member of the Society and, since its inception in 1963, was a huge influence both on and off the field. He refereed for many years before taking on a referee assessment role. Not only was Jack pivotal in promoting the importance of referees and their contribution to the game, he grew the Society with a focus on discipline, respect and passion.
Jack was instrumental in developing the careers of many Scottish referees through his mentoring and support always with his passion and love for the game. He had his own unique style of being able to really help a referee understand decisions which were wrong, but importantly an encouraging style to help them to improve. Jack’s words of wisdom and quick wit were just two qualities we all loved and is something we will sadly miss.
It would be remiss not to mention the meticulous planning and precision timing that Jack brought to running the match officials at Melrose Sevens. Those who were fortunate to experience this and his after-tournament hospitality, will testify it was a great sight to behold.
We remember Jack as a stalwart of our game – rightly a life member of the Society – and as a good, honest man who supported people to be their best and to enjoy their endeavours.
Jack’s passion and love for the game will continue to inspire generations to come with the strong foundations he created in the Society.
The Society and it’s members, both past and present, would like to pass on our condolences to Jack’s family and friends at this sad time.