TRIBUTES have been paid to devoted rugby league fan and dad-of-one.
Bob Fowler, who was awarded an honorary life member award by Featherstone Rovers earlier this year, died last Sunday after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
His son, David, said he was “overwhelmed” by the support shown by the rugby community, many of whom were friends with his father, who lived on Barnsley Road, Hemsworth.
He said: “My mother and I want to thank everyone that has posted on Facebook and the Rovers’ forum because there’s been a lot of support.
“I’ve been surprised by the number of people and players that have commented, it’s been overwhelming.
He added: “My dad loved Rovers, when he got his award it was probably one of the finest moments of his life. People at the club were his best friends.”
Mr Fowler, 64, began volunteering at the Featherstone club when he was 15 years old.
In 1997, he took on regular duties selling programmes and contributing articles before moving into a match hosting role until he retired in 2009.
Rev Vic Johnson, Featherstone Rovers’ chaplain and friend to Mr Fowler, said: “He was a life-long supporter of the club and he made so many friends throughout rugby league.
“He was a gentleman in the true sense of the word.”
Last Sunday’s game against Widnes was dedicated to Mr Fowler and a tribute was paid to him by Rovers’ player Anthony Tonks.
Outside of sport, Mr Fowler, who leaves his wife, Pauline, was a former secretary of the Frickley and South Elmsall brass band in the late 1990s.
He was a passionate fundraiser for Heart Link UK, a charity which helps people with heart problems.
He died in Barnsley Hospital.