Chris Leatherbarrow’s family ask mourners to wear pink

Referee Chris Leatherbarrow died suddenly aged 27 earlier this month
Referee Chris Leatherbarrow died suddenly aged 27 earlier this month

The family of St Helens Super League rugby league referee Chris Leatherbarrow have asked mourners attending his funeral today to wear the pink.

Chris, 27, died suddenly on Sunday, November 1.

Referee Chris Leatherbarrow talks to both captains during a game between Leigh and Featherstone. His family have asked for mourners to his funeral to wear pink

Referee Chris Leatherbarrow talks to both captains during a game between Leigh and Featherstone. His family have asked for mourners to his funeral to wear pink

He was a devoted father to daughter to Daisy.

His funeral will take place at St Mary’s, Lowe House Church, on North Road, at 12.30pm today.

His wake at will take place at Saints’ Langtree Park.

RFL acting head of referees, Steve Ganson, said: “We are all devastated by the sudden passing of our fellow referee and friend, Chris Leatherbarrow.

“Chris served Rugby League for many years even though he was only 27 years old.

“His big personality and presence around us will be greatly missed.”

An inquest has been opened and adjourned by St Helens coroner Christopher Sumner, and a full inquest is expected to be heard in February.