A bench will be erected in memory of ‘irreplaceable’ club secretary Prestatyn Athletic
OVER £1,000 has been raised to create a memorial bench in memory of the late club secretary of the Prestatyn Athletic Junior Football Club (PAJFC).
Ian Price died on Monday October 3 at the age of 57, after being diagnosed with cancer in June.
He was a founding member of PAJFC and his association with the club lasted 26 years.
Peter Leach, chairman of PAJFC and close friend of Ian, has set up an online fundraising page on the GoFundMe website in hopes of erecting a bench on the grounds of Morfas, where PAJFC matches are played.
Peter, who met Ian through the club over 20 years ago, wrote on the page: “Ian was the club secretary and as a volunteer he dedicated 26 years to enriching the lives of children within the local community.
“He not only helped everyone to enjoy the sport of football; he provided a clear path for children to develop confidence, teamwork and life skills.
“Ian’s contribution to his community will continue in the lives of the children, youth, families, coaches and friends he has supported throughout his life.
“Please donate what you can so that we can achieve our memorial goal.”
The set target of £1,100 has already been exceeded, and Peter added that any remaining funds are likely to be donated to Ian’s family unless other ideas to remember Ian come up. .
Denbighshire County Council has already accepted the proposal.
Earlier this month, Peter paid tribute to one of his best friends following Ian’s death. news that moved him to tears.
He told the Log“He did so many things – he was always answering the phone and he was very, very passionate. If there was a cause, he would fight tooth and nail. He was very reliable.
“He was the cornerstone of the club; he made it a family club. He was just amazing and had so much knowledge about youth football.
“I would support him and he would support me. We worked really well together. We didn’t agree on everything, but respected each other’s opinions and never argued.
“I can’t help but imagine him standing in the kitchen area, with his cup of tea with two sugars in his hand, his leather jacket and his long hair.
“He was so respected throughout the community; nothing was too difficult for him. He had put things on hold in his own life to help others.
“He was there for everyone; he was irreplaceable.
Ian’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 25th October at Morfas, Prestatyn at 11am, followed by a service at Coed Bell Cemetery, Gronant at 12.30pm and then a reception at the Prestatyn Constitutional Club.
To make a donation, go to: www.gofundme.com/f/ian-price-memorial-bench-at-the-morfa.