Plainmoor tribute to lifelong Gulls fan
A SPECIAL Plainmoor tribute is being made to lifelong Torquay United fan Frank Ward, who has died at the age of 93.
A memorial plaque bearing his name is to be put up at the ground where his ashes will be scattered.
Frank never missed a home game and cycled to the ground.
He could always be seen wearing his scarf in the yellow and blue colours of the Gulls and would hitch a lift to the games with a friend when he became too frail to cycle from his home in Preston.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Three years ago staff at the now-closed Roseville care home in Preston, where Frank lived, organised a VIP ticket for him to watch United and enjoy a meal at the ground's Boots and Laces pub.
Tracey Knott, Frank's niece, said: "Frank was totally devoted to Torquay United. He used to ride his bike to the game until he was 85.
"He always had his scarf on and he will be cremated in it. The funeral cortege will drive past the ground.
"I asked the club if it was OK to have his ashes scattered at the ground and they said yes. We'll have the wake in the supporters' bar. Frank would have loved all this."
Frank was widowed in 2004 when his wife, Pauline, whom he married when in his 60s, died. He came to Torbay in the 1980s from London.
Mrs Knott said: "He didn't have any children but had many nieces and nephews. We were very close to him.
"He would always speak to my brother about football. I had to follow the results so I could join in the conversation. Frank would always have a lager and lime if Torquay United won but he would have nothing if they drew or lost. He was quite a character and very witty."
Frank, who worked for Sainsbury's in London, was also a classical music lover. He lived in Carlton Drive, Preston, for many years until he moved into the Roseville care home, then later into the Grange Lea care home in Preston Down Road where he would always have his radio to his ears to listen to the football. No date has yet been sent for his funeral.