East Lothian Courier

Tribute to John

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On behalf of a number of former members of Haddington Star Football Club from season 1973-74, we would like to pay tribute to the club’s founder John Fyfe, who passed away recently.

John gave selflessly of his free time and energy in helping to found a football league for young boys in the late 1960s and in the management of Haddington Star Football Club. Together with his beloved late wife, Helen, he ensured that the club became a model of acceptance and support to any youngster who played for “the Star”.

Speaking with John not

long before his passing, we learned that, as a matter of principle, no child ever had to pay to attend a training session or play in a match; he sought and gained support from local business and benefactor­s to fund the running of the club. This approach ensured that the door of opportunit­y for sporting and personal developmen­t was opened widely to us and we were able to progress into adulthood as better people as a result. At this last meeting, John was still able, at the age of 82, to entertain us with his tales and songs. He will forever live on in our hearts as a wonderful role model and friend.

In these days of low opportunit­y and dwindling support for young people, the role of volunteers is, sadly, more important than ever. John was the best volunteer of all and his Star now shines brightly above our county town. John hailed from Gorgie but it was in East Lothian that his wonderful legacy will endure.

Perhaps those responsibl­e for the naming of new streets in Haddington could do worse than name a street after John Fyfe? He inspired us all with his energy, humour and support. We will always smile when we think of him. Grant Laing and

Alex Galloway

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