R I P - Jack Shill

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Another long time Bees fan passes on, whom I have been friends with over 25 years.

His son has written the following

Alfred ‘Jack’ Shill (1930 – 2021):

It is with regret that I have to inform you of the death of my father, Alfred ‘Jack’ ‘Shill on Wednesday 13th January, following a short spell in hospital.

Jack, 90 last birthday, had been a Brentford supporter since 1937/ 38, when he was first taken to Griffin Park by his father. A home win against Arsenal in front of a packed crowd, still a vivid memory from our last time, in the topflight!

Not only a lifelong supporter; Jack joined the Match Day Staff, as a Turnstile Operator, aged 61, following his retirement from British Airways at Heathrow. Having worked nearly all the turnstiles around Griffin Park, he settled in Braemar Road, where he continued to work until 2018, some 27 years later, when he had to ‘call it a day’, due to ill-health.

Jack witnessed many ‘ups and downs’ supporting Brentford over the past 83 years but was particularly enjoying our current resurgence and was excited about the prospects of reaching the Premier League. Jack introduced many new supporters over the years and his enthusiasm and passion have inspired many generations of our family, to follow the Bees.

Visiting Griffin Park, one final time last summer, gave us the wonderful opportunity to recall many fantastic times and memories, but none more so, than the many friends and acquaintances he made, during his time, proudly working as one of the Match Day Staff and enjoying a match with his grandchildren and family. His love for this club lives on in us all.


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RIP, didn’t know him but clearly a loyal fan who had stuck with the club through thick and thin.
 

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Another long time Bees fan passes on, whom I have been friends with over 25 years.

His son has written the following

Alfred ‘Jack’ Shill (1930 – 2021):

It is with regret that I have to inform you of the death of my father, Alfred ‘Jack’ ‘Shill on Wednesday 13th January, following a short spell in hospital.

Jack, 90 last birthday, had been a Brentford supporter since 1937/ 38, when he was first taken to Griffin Park by his father. A home win against Arsenal in front of a packed crowd, still a vivid memory from our last time, in the topflight!

Not only a lifelong supporter; Jack joined the Match Day Staff, as a Turnstile Operator, aged 61, following his retirement from British Airways at Heathrow. Having worked nearly all the turnstiles around Griffin Park, he settled in Braemar Road, where he continued to work until 2018, some 27 years later, when he had to ‘call it a day’, due to ill-health.

Jack witnessed many ‘ups and downs’ supporting Brentford over the past 83 years but was particularly enjoying our current resurgence and was excited about the prospects of reaching the Premier League. Jack introduced many new supporters over the years and his enthusiasm and passion have inspired many generations of our family, to follow the Bees.

Visiting Griffin Park, one final time last summer, gave us the wonderful opportunity to recall many fantastic times and memories, but none more so, than the many friends and acquaintances he made, during his time, proudly working as one of the Match Day Staff and enjoying a match with his grandchildren and family. His love for this club lives on in us all.


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Lovely words.

RIP Jack.
 

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Didn't know him personally but a familiar face for a long time at GP..

R.I.P.
 

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RIP - Didn’t know Jack but would applaud whoever wrote such a moving tribute
 

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RIP Jack. Thanks for your support of the Bees though the ups and (mostly) downs. Some of the best memories are of supporting the Bees in Division 3 and Division 4 and you can be proud of being a true football supporter, not some glory hunter. Come on you Bees and your love of BFC will be continued in your children and grandchildren.
 

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A lovely guy who I worked opposite many times on the turnstile. Never had a bad word for anyone.
 

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RIP Jack.
Glad that BFC seemed to have brought so much to your life and that your love of the club will live on through your family.
So few now who have see us in the top division.
 

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Spent many an hour in or opposite a turnstile with Jack. Always had a tale & a story to put everything in context. Along with fellow Braemar Road stalwarts Mary & Robert, the time always passed very convivially in their company.... when the crowds were shall we say more “sparse” & there was plenty of time to chat.
I will always remember sitting watching the end of season, winner takes all game against Reading all those years ago. As it was a packed house, we were in the last row of Braemar Road, in the row that wasn’t even a row. I was squeezed in between Jack & Mary & shall we say their approaches and take on the stress of the game were very different. I can still hear the groan from Jack as Cureton equalised. Thankfully there were many happy memories too & for that I raise a glass.
RIP Jack.
 

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RIP Jack who I first met at 18 when he was a red cap for British Airways in T1, 40 years ago. Safe journey
 

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A cracking tribute! 83 years of support! Wow!

Condolences to all who new Jack!
 

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A lovely tribute to a loyal Bees fan. I did not know him but certainly respect him for his support over so many years through bad times and worse.
His loyalty over those years deserves the best seat in the house above with all those other Bees fans around him.
Rest in Peace, Jack.
 

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I think I stood and chatted to this chap a few years back. He loved his football club and had many stories of days gone by.

RIP Jack, condolences to family.

Today, we do it for you.
 
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