Posted: October 2nd, 2021
DANNY GARRETT, who was The Sporting Life’s boxing correspondent (with Malcolm Hanover), died on September 29  aged 87. Danny had been admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in south London two weeks earlier with breathing difficulties. Poignantly, his Life colleagues were having a reunion on the same day, not far away. Danny’s passing had been pre-warned and many a glass was raised.
Danny’s funeral is on October 20  at 2pm at Kemnal Park Crematorium, Kemnal Park Cemetery, A20 Sidcup Bypass, Chislehurst, BR7 6RR, and afterwards at Sidcup Rugby Club, Crescent Farm, Sydney Road, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6RA. (Danny played tennis at SRC.)
Danny joined The Sporting Life as a messenger straight from school in 1950 after failing the medical for National Service. He worked his way up the ladder to work alongside Alec Hayward and Graham Taylor on general sports before later specialising in boxing, eventually taking over from Joe Bromley when Odhams moved out of Long Acre.
Danny met and interviewed the greats of the ring, including Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay) and Our Henry [Cooper] as well as reporting all the big bouts of the era. He was also the Life’s tennis correspondent and loved attending and reporting Wimbledon.
Danny was a star midfielder in The Sporting Life football team well into his 30s, and was still coaching tennis into his 70s, despite multiple hip and knee replacements. His health began to deteriorate but this never dampened his enthusiasm for life, and he and his wife Dot enjoyed many holidays to help top up Danny’s everlasting tan. In addition to Dot, Danny also leaves son, Tony, daughter Julie, two step-children, five grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Thanks to Paul Duffett. Funeral detals will follow. Please see tributes below.
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