Well-respected, dedicated and a true gentleman – these are just some of the touching tributes paid to a popular Amble man who was committed to developing grass-roots football in his community.
Ron Falkous, 66, passed away at the weekend after suffering from ill-health. The father-of-three, and grandad of two, leaves behind his wife of more than 40 years, Brenda.
The news has shocked and devastated all who knew and loved him and a large turnout is expected at his funeral at Blyth Crematorium on Monday at 3pm.
Ron will, perhaps, be best remembered for his love, passion and dedication to football in the town, including his service to Amble United.
Working tirelessly for the love of the game for more than two decades, his commitment knew no ends, performing secretarial duties, as well as raising funds, washing strips, marking out pitches and writing match reports, among other things.
His nickname, Mr Football, is testament to the many hours he gave to the cause.
Wife Brenda, 70, who also played a big role in supporting the grass-roots game in Amble, said: “Football was his main thing, grass-roots at that.
“He wasn’t one for Premier League football, he enjoyed the local game.”
Close friend Ronnie Gibbard praised Ron for his great enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude.
He added: “Tributes have been coming in from all who new him, which shows how much people thought of him.”
Ron also had a passion for fishing and was known as Dan to the town’s fishing community.
Facebook has also been inundated with tributes. Ryan Jobson, of Trident Soccer, described Ron as ‘a gentleman and a leading light’ who was ‘admired by the football community at large as well as Amble’.
John Robert Purvis labelled Ron a ‘true Amble legend’.