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Vice Chairman passes away

Scunthorpe United’s General Manager David Beeby has paid tribute to long-serving director Rex Garton, who died yesterday after a year-long battle with cancer.

Garton was a member of the Iron board for nearly 30 years and served as vice-chairman for over a decade at Glanford Park.

“It is difficult to sum up in words but Rex was a genuine Scunthorpe United fan who was also a director,” Beeby told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

“He was immensely proud of the club, particularly the Championship years and he played his part in that achievement.

“He devoted many hours to Scunthorpe United, utilising his legal expertise and called at Glanford Park on a daily basis. He loved talking about the Iron and shared many stories as well as passing on his knowledge and experience.

“Rex was good company and had an infectious laugh that will be dearly missed. The club was a huge part of his life and he made friends of many directors, staff, players and supporters over the years.

“He will certainly be missed at Glanford Park, but definitely not forgotten.”

Garton was honoured with a long-service award by the Football League.

Garton, who died in hospital, had not been well enough to watch Scunthorpe this season, but did make the final game of the previous campaign, after which the club celebrated promotion as runners-up in League Two in front of a large crowd at Glanford Park.

Iron-Bru.com would like to send our sincerest condolences to the family of Rex Garton.

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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