Eighty-six-year-old Tom Bolton, who had dementia, was reported missing on Saturday afternoon 30th December 2017.
Harrogate Police said he had been found at 9 a.m. on Monday 1st January and was being looked after and examined at hospital with his family. Dozens of police officers and volunteers took part in the search for him.
Tragically, both Tom and his wife Jane died within a few days of each other on the 2nd and the 5th January 2018.
A joint funeral will be held on Thursday 25th January 2018, 12 noon, at Christ Church, Harrogate.
Tom played rugby for Harrogate in the 1950s and provided his skills as an architect when the club built the new clubhouse at Claro Road which was opened 2nd September 1963,
Updated 15:30 - 12 Jan 2018 by Peter Kitching