Obituaries

Sheila Kelly

Sheila was one of the best friends that the Supporters Club has had. As the mother of Pauline, our Travel Secretary, she took countless phone calls from members booking trips to Newcastle games. Sheila always had time to talk to people and the whole Club will miss her lovely friendly Geordie accent! Born and raised in Wallsend in 1942 she met her future husband, Arthur, on a church outing when she was 15 years old and they married in 1962. In the years that followed Pauline and her sister Alison were born. Due to work commitments they moved from their Tyneside home to Essex in the 1960’s. Sadly Arthur died shortly after the move south leaving Sheila to bring up the two children. Sheila found employment locally in a small confectionary factory where she was a popular colleague. After a short illness she died in August 2015. Sheila you will be missed by all your friends in the Supporters Club! Des Kindley

Ros Osmond

Born 9thNovember 1956: Died 17th June 2015. Ros was married with two children and had grandchildren. She was born in Newcastle which she considered home. She used to travel on the train with her son, Martyn, who passed away a few years ago in the most unfortunate circumstances. They were both true supporters.They attended many games together and Ros was usually busy doing her crochet work on the train. She had worked for ‘The Lancet’ where she was highly respected.. She was a lovely person to meet and know and will be missed by us all. Ian Glen

Paul Gray

We would also like to remember member Paul Gray who passed away last year. A loyal supporter of the Predictions Competition, Player of the Season and Annual Raffle he shall be much missed by us all..

George William Bonfield: "Bill" 7th March 1937 - 19th January 2010

Bill was the Honorary Auditor of the Newcastle United Supporters Club (London) for the past eight years, ever since I accepted the post of Treasurer.
A very clever man, he was educated at Kings Grammar School, Birmingham, the city of his birth. He trained as a bookkeeper and eventually became Finance Director of a dairy firm turning over many millions of £s. His four sons did not follow him in his first love as a supporter of Aston Villa, rather finding Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United more to their liking. He enjoyed all sport but especially football and liked nothing better than to sit down with a good read as diverse as "Who ate all the pies?" by Mick Quinn or "The man in the middle" by David Ellery. Bill came at my invitation to two Newcastle United away games and was captivated by the warmth of our supporters.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen, his four sons and seven grandchildren. Thanks Bill (Des Kindley).

Bobby Close

Bob used to join the train at Stevenage and was known for liking a dram or three on the way to the match. A couple of years ago he went to Thailand and the rest of the story is in this newspaper article from the Chronicle


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