Your tributes - November 2007

Terry Fether

Terry Fether (10/01/1969 - 16/11/2007) aged 38
Beloved husband of Angie, loving father of Charlie, Jonnie and Molly. Beloved son of Terry.
A lifelong West Ham United supporter, his season ticket was in the Bobby Moore Stand Lower, Row E, Seat 127.
Taken from us too soon, he will be sorely missed by all.

Harold Cearns

Harold Cearns, the grandson of W J Cearns - the chairman of West Ham United between 1935 and 1950 - has died at the age of 85.

The Cearns family have a proud association with the club dating back to the Thames Ironworks FC and the subsequent formation of West Ham United in 1900. Born close to the Boleyn Ground in Plaistow, Harold was naturally a lifelong Hammers fan. Married to Jean in 1951, he was a proud family man with two children and two granddaughters.

His daughter Helen paid tribute to a World War II veteran who during his working life was a sales manager for a local timber company and who was the youngest of 12 children himself, with five brothers and six sisters. "He was very proud to be an avid supporter and part of the famous family heritage as all his family are," she said. "We will all miss him so much." The funeral for Harold Cearns took place in Shoeburyness, Essex.

John Gray died suddenly on 12 November. From the age of two weeks old, he lived in Canning Town. In the 1970s and 1980s, he travelled to numerous West Ham United games at home and around the country with his son Nick. On holiday in Europe on one occasion, he drove 50 miles out of his way to Luxembourg Airport in order to buy a British newspaper to find out the score of a game against Chelsea.

In recent years, he followed games from various media sources but always celebrated every goal as if he was at the stadium. He passed on his love of West Ham United to his son and it lives on today as well through Nick's own children Jonathan and Elizabeth, and step-children Sam and Katie. John Gray rose from humble beginnings to become an intelligence corps officer who worked with Special Branch and Royal Family advisers. He was a real gentleman who had a love for West Ham United and the East End.