BASINGSTOKE has lost a beloved member of its community with the passing of Louise 'Lou' Butler, the former match night coordinator of the Basingstoke Bison.

Lou, who sadly died at the age of 53 on Monday, February 12, is remembered for her professionalism, enthusiasm and kindness.

Described as the "personification of professionalism," Lou navigated the chaos of match nights with a clipboard in hand and a radio earpiece attached, ensuring that everything ran smoothly and everyone knew where they needed to be.

Her organisational skills were matched only by her warmth, making her a favourite among players, families, and fans alike.

Luke Pengelly, Lou's son, shared his memories of his mother, painting a touching portrait of a woman cherished by all who knew her.

"Mum was more than just a coordinator for the Bison; she was the heart and soul of the team," Luke said.

"Growing up, I watched her pour her heart into everything she did for the players and the club. She had this incredible ability to make everyone feel like they belonged, like they were part of something special.

"She always put others before herself. Even in the toughest times, she remained a pillar of strength and support for everyone around her."

Luke expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from the Basingstoke Bison community.

"The overwhelming support we've received shows the influence Mum had on so many lives," he said.

"It's comforting to know that her memory will live on through the stories and memories shared by those who knew and loved her."

John Neville, director of the Bison, fondly remembered Lou as a joy to be around.

"It’s so sad to hear of Lou’s passing," he said.

"Everyone associated with the Bison remembers Louise with great fondness. She was a joy to be around and was such a lovely lady who was always on hand to help everyone from the players, their families, and supporters, both old and young. She was loved by everyone associated with the club."

Bison, in a social media post, offered the club's condolences to Lou's husband, Ryland, her son Luke, daughter Laura, and all her loved ones.

Details regarding Lou's funeral will be held at Basingstoke Crematorium. The funeral date will be announced in due course, providing an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate her life and legacy.