James Luck posted up on the 13th June that Paul was in hospital and not very well. I was then stunned just five days later when James then posted on the message board that, after being in intensive care, he had passed away that morning !
Paul used to travel to away games with the Supporters Club and was always to be found at the back of the coach with James Luck. I got to know Paul through his support for the Youth team and apart from being a member of the Saturday Morning Crew he also supported the sponsorship of the U18 squad over the years. Kalitsa Parrett wrote the following tribute:
‘Absolutely shocking news, our hearts go out to his family and friends. He was a big part of the support my son and family received from the Saturday Morning Crew who go to the Youth games, rain or shine. He will be sorely missed. R.I.P Big Paul xxx
On Friday, I met up with Clive Kingham on the platform at Hammersmith Station and we then headed for Turkey Street Station via Liverpool Street. Also on the same train were Michael Whelan and Kirsty Pitcher. I was surprised to see James waiting outside the station for us and he then kindly gave us a lift to Enfield Crematorium where we met up with Fred Hartman. Fred had set up a Facebook group in memory of Paul: ‘Paul Farley – Rangers Through and Through.’
We listened to ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ by Olly Murs as we took our places inside the Chapel. Keith John then welcomed us and later there were personal tributes from David Forbes and James. As we paid our final respects, we filed out to ‘That’s Life’ by Michael Buble. We were invited to join Paul’s family after the Service for refreshments at the Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford, which I noticed is actually situated in Rangers Road !
May I thank James for organising on our behalf such a magnificent wreath (courtesy of a Millwall fan in Dartford) and also to Kirsty for sending me the above pic.
‘Big Paul’, may you rest in peace.