Followers of point-to-pointing and racing in the Welsh Borders and surrounding areas will be rocked by news that Frank Morgan, Chairman of the Welsh Border Counties Area, has died.
Many were possibly unaware that Frank had been battling cancer - he rarely mentioned it - but had seemed to be getting the better of it with aggressive treatment.
The word 'gentleman' is often over-used, but there really is no other to describe Frank. A naturally kind man, he was genteel to the bone, but always in command of himself, and those around him.
Training under the legendary Geoffrey Chambers at Russell, Baldwin & Bright (now Brightwells) in his teens, Frank became a revered auctioneer, valuer and agricultural specialist, remaining with the firm for 50 years.
From a farming family, Frank was passionate about country life, and very especially point-to-pointing. He became involved to the hilt, becoming fixture secretary for the North Herefordshire Hunt led to him taking the PPSA Area Chair at the beginning of the 90's when Paddy Evans retired. His skill in this position was as unobtrusive as it was tireless, and no other Chairman has ever been considered since.
Having a quiet natural authority, Frank was soon prevailed upon to officiate as a steward, and has done so for both point-to-point and National Hunt racing for almost three decades. He particularly enjoyed being a regular at Ludlow and Hereford racecourses, where he knew so many of the racegoers.
Wanting to enjoy the sport he was so immersed in, Frank became an owner, and experienced the ups and downs of it with his home-bred mare, Highland Way trained locally by Steve Flook.
Frank and his great friend and colleague, Terry Court, specialised in equine sales, and have been selling horses of every breed and type for the past 50 years, becoming well known in every equestrian sphere.
Frank Morgan has been such a part of the basic fabric of the Welsh Border Area that it is impossible to imagine it without him, the tear will be an impossible rend to mend.
Heartfelt sympathies to Frank's wife, Trish, his daughters and family, and his multitude of friends, who will all be devastated by the loss of such a genuinely good man.
There are no words that could do Frank Morgan justice, and his passing will be felt keenly by all who knew him.