TRIBUTES have been paid to a dedicated rugby club treasurer who died this week after contracting coronavirus.

Mr Rutter, who worked for HSBC, was a long-serving member of Ripon Rugby Club's executive and was well-known in the local community.

He was married to Hillary and they have a son and a daughter.

In a statement, a Ripon Rugby Club spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our club treasurer and dear friend, Jonathan Rutter.

"Jonathan was admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms late last week and unfortunately passed away on Monday.

"Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. "All our thoughts and prayers reach out to Hillary, Ben and Jennifer at this most difficult time; and it is important that they know that the fantastic community that is Ripon Rugby Club is there for them, now and in the future.

"Jonathan worked very hard for many years on the Club’s executive committee and his outstanding participation is greatly appreciated by us all.

"There will be a time for all of us to come together to celebrate Jonathan’s life and contribution to Ripon life.

"Sadly that cannot be today, but when this terrible illness is defeated we will join together in remembrance and share our thoughts and memories."