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Chairman Pays Tribute

1 month ago By Tony Simpson

Many Have Done The Same

R. I. P. Pat

The sad passing of our friend and colleague Pat Arbon was not only recognised by a minutes applause before Saturday’s Bostik League game against Haringey Borough but by an absolute flood of messages from supporters, managers, players past and present and clubs throughout the league who all had the privilege of meeting Pat and enjoying his company.

Pat was a laid back character who I have never known to become angry or to criticise anyone. As a police officer I would think he was what everybody imagined as being Suffolk’s equivalent of Dixon of Dock Green. He enjoyed his golf and worked hard behind the scenes at the Stoke by Nayland Club including keeping the members in order by acting as one of the starting marshals. He until his stroke was a regular match reporter for AFC games for the Suffolk Free Press which were always accurate and unbaised.

He was affectionally know as ‘Lord Arbon’ for his immaculate, sartorial elegance and was famous for being the possessor of an automatically locked wallet when approaching a bar. He must be one of the few people who had a magazine named after him when the Sudbury Town Supporters produced a fanzine named “Arbon’s Wallet”. Many people would have taken offence but not Pat, he relished the “infamy” and pretended to tighten the straps of his wallet even more. It was of course all a front and I am in fact one of the honoured few to have been bought a pint

I am sure everyone at AFC Sudbury joins me in sending their best wishes and condolences to Pat’s wife Pam and his family, some of whom I met on Saturday.
He will be sorely missed at the Club, especially by his ex-police colleague and golfing, darts and snooker partner Tony Simpson and all those who enjoyed his company both at home and away games.

Details of the date and venue of Pat’s funeral will be announced when known.

Phil Turner
AFC Chairman

Updated 19:14 - 10 Dec 2017 by Tony Simpson

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