The FSF was saddened to hear that vice-president Mark Agate passed away, aged 69, in Pembury Hospital on Saturday evening following a short illness. Mark was a huge Gillingham FC fan and had followed the club home and away for more than 60 years. Read on for funeral details.
Mark worked as national administrator in the FSF’s early years and, before that, was the national secretary of the former National Federation of Football Supporters’ Clubs. He was still an active attendee and contributor to the FSF’s Southern Division.
Mark was also involved in various supporters’ organisations at club level including Gills Supporters Club FC, GFC Blues Supporters Association, and most recently Gillingham Independent Supporters’ Club. Gillingham FC posted its own tribute online too.
FSF chair Malcolm Clarke, said: “Mark’s passing has been a great shock to his friends and colleagues in the FSF. Our condolences go to Mark’s wife Margaret and his family.”
FSF president Monica Hartland, said: “His almost overwhelming enthusiasm, allied to a determination to do anything that would improve the lot of football supporters, were the very antithesis of the all too prevalent indifference found among many people. Tenacity, endeavour, persistence and a cheerful social awareness – Mark will be sorely missed.”
Mark Agate RIP.
"The funeral of Marcus Alexander Parren Agate is to take place on Tuesday 24th July at 3.20pm at Medway Crematorium. He will leave home for the last time, at 3pm – his final kick-off time.
"Football shirts and flowers welcome, as Margaret would like a colourful day! Donations are also welcome, made payable to Cancer Research UK, (cheques only) c/o John Weir Funeral Service. 127, Watling Street. Gillingham. Kent. ME7 2YY – 01634 855558.
"The family are so grateful for the many cards, letters and internet messages and to those who have ensured that so many football folk know about Mark’s passing and the arrangements and will respond personally, when they can, as they know their father would have!"
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