Celebrate the life of John Brain at Gloucester Cathedral
JOHN Brain's family are urging as many people as possible to help celebrate the late Gloucester rugby operations manager's life at Gloucester Cathedral on Tuesday, June 19.
Brain's funeral service will start at 11am, and his family have asked people to wear Cherry and Whites shirts, rugby shirts or bright colours, if possible.
A service for family and close friends will follow at Gloucester Crematorium.
A wake will be held at Kingsholm from 12.30pm, following the funeral service at the Cathedral.
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A book of condolence will be held at Kingsholm until the end of next week, and there will be another at the funeral service.
The Brain family have asked for charitable donations to be made to the Rugby Football Foundation, the RFU's charity that supports community amateur rugby in England.
Donations can be made directly to the charity, or through Goodwins Funeral Services, Longlevens.
Former Gloucester lock Brain died suddenly on Sunday, May 27 at his home.
Brain (inset) balanced a career at Gloucester Trading Standards with racking up nearly 300 games for the Cherry and Whites.
After a stint at Bedford he returned to Kingsholm to coach alongside Phillipe Saint-Andre, before guiding Worcester Warriors to the Premiership for the first time as director of rugby at Sixways.
Brain returned to Gloucester in 2010 as a scout, before assuming the rugby operations and scrum coach roles in summer 2011.
His untimely death still leaves a gaping hole in Gloucester's backroom staff, more importantly in the Kingsholm psyche – and most vitally with his loving family.
Former Worcester captain Pat Sanderson will be among those paying tribute to Brain at the funeral service.