Tributes paid to King’s Lynn FC stalwart, Colin Dawson

Tributes have been paid to Colin Dawson: Picture supplied by Vicki Boulding

Tributes have been paid to Colin Dawson: Picture supplied by Vicki Boulding - Credit: Archant

A minute's applause will be held to remember Colin Dawson at The Walks on Monday afternoon before King's Lynn FC's Southern League fixture with St Ives Town.

Mr Dawson worked for many years behind the scenes at the club in a variety of jobs, but he will probably be best remembered for the match day host/ hospitality role he carried out with great distinction for many seasons.

The 83-year-old great-grandfather died at Manton House care home in Lynn on Tuesday, December 27.

Club media officer Mark Hearle said: 'His 'true stories' and observations on life in general were part of a Walks match day and are still remembered now.

'He was very much a people person and that is why he was very comfortable not only in this role but representing the club in boardrooms up and down the country at our matches away from home.

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'He also turned his hand to many practical jobs that needed doing at the Walks in the week – all on a voluntary basis, and often spending many hours on all kind of projects. He will be sadly missed by many at the club.'

Tributes have also been paid on social media.

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Paul Hampson posted on the Linnets' Fans' Forum: 'One of the many things I will miss is Colin's sense of humour and the stories he would tell you.

'He could make anyone feel at ease and comfortable within moments of meeting them. He was a highly respected person by many.

'Even today people still ask about him as he was such a lovely character. RIP, my dear friend, gone but not forgotten.'

Club chairman Stephen Cleeve added: 'It's a shame I never got to meet him, as I know he was an integral part of the club.'

Mr Dawson previously ran Colin Dawson Windows Ltd, based in John Kennedy Road, Lynn, which he set up 40 years ago.

His son Perry, who now runs the firm, said: 'He was such a popular bon vivant. There was never a dull moment with dad, and he was the life and soul of the party.

'He was well-known for his sayings, such as 'We are what we are' and 'Life's a bowl of cherries'. He was a keen fisherman and cricketer and he used to crew boats from the Canary Isles and back.

'An old friend posted a quote on Facebook, from Hunter S Thompson, which sums dad up. It says, 'Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a Ride!'.'

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