Ian Williams has contacted the website with tragic news about Tony Gill, “Trevor, just heard from Sue, Tony Gill’s partner. “Ian its Sue Tonys partner. I have bad news for you l’m afraid. My beloved Tony passed away @12.15 on Sat 5th Nov in Whiston Hospital. He had been there a week with multiple problems including pneumonia, a large blood clot near the lung & Atrial Fibrillation. He had a cardiac arrest in A&E the Sat before but the hospital though wonderful couldn’t save him.He died peacefully in my arms with his family around him. My lovely kind sweet man has gone lan & l am heart broken! The funeral is yet to be finalised but l shall let you know tho realise you wont be there. Our address should you wish to send a card is 3, Bembridge Close Widnes WA8 9AA.Best wishes Sue.X”
Ian added his own tribute, “Tony and I came from Longview CP to Prescot together and were close friends. In the first year it was the custom for the second and third years to “twat” the Newts with school rulers on the calves. But sadly for tradition, Tony and I were bigger than most second years, and shall we say, broke the tradition, not just for ourselves but for our other contemporaries. And when it came to our second year, In a continuing upsurge of righteousness, we stopped others from continuing the practice. I think we finished it for good in fact. He was a great character, larger than life whose operating name was “Boris” because he two extra incisor teeth grew out above the originals for a while! He kept the name long after he lost the teeth!
It was Tony who introduced me to the Prescotian after I had moved to New York. I cannot attend the funeral, but will make a point of raising a glass or two in his honour“.