GLOVERS NEWS: Tributes pour in as popular Yeovil Town staff member dies
TRIBUTES have started to be paid following the news that Yeovil Town FC employee Bruce James has died at the age of 76.
News broke early on Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24, 2017) that Bruce, who had been involved with the club since 2002, had passed away.
He had worked in the club’s stadium department maintenance crew, but more recently had been Yeovil’s disabled liaison officer as well as the liaison officer for the club’s players.
Bruce was also involved in a horrific crash just over nine years ago when he was in the same vehicle as now Yeovil Town manager Darren Way.
Many fans and people from within the club have posted tributes on social media in memory of Bruce who was liked by so many.
Freelance journalist Steve Sowden, of Yeovil Press, said: “This is such sad news. Bruce was a really lovely bloke and was always happy to chat and he had a cheeky smile and sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.”
A club spokesman said: “Bruce became a much-loved figure around Huish Park following more than a decade of service in a multitude of roles and responsibilities.
“Most recently, Bruce acted as the players' liaison officer and disabled liaison officer, working tirelessly for the benefit of others.
“An integral part of the day-to-day running of the club, Bruce brought a smile to the face of all who enjoyed the pleasure of his company.
“Having been taken ill, Bruce passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends.
“The thoughts of everybody at Yeovil Town are with Bruce’s loved ones at this incredibly sad time.”
Bruce was involved in a road traffic accident just over nine years ago, in the same vehicle that current Glovers boss Darren Way was in, whilst the pair were helping the then midfielder Way move house.
Bruce recovered well from the accident – just like Way - and continued to occupy himself at the football club during the years that followed.
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