Family and friends will say a fond farewell to a Pools steward who lost his short battle with cancer.
Paul Stubbs, 56, of the town’s Torquay Avenue, was a lifelong supporter of Hartlepool United and for the last 20 years had worked as a steward at the matches.
At his funeral today his coffin was due to be draped in a flag on loan from Victoria Park football ground and many of the mourners have said they will be wearing their Pools shirts.
The pallbearers are also expected to be wearing their Pools shirts as a tribute to Paul.
His heartbroken partner of six years, Janice Dunn, said Paul was diagnosed with lung cancer just six weeks ago, and the disease quickly spread and he died on June 1.
Janice, 52, said Paul, who worked as a security guard, was passionate about Pools and loved being a steward.
She said: “He loved his football and was well known there.
“He was such a friendly person and was well known throughout the town.”
Paul was also a devoted dad to Kay, 24, and Colleen, 21, and had two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Mum-of-two Kay, who lives in Hartlepool’s Bruce Crescent, said Pools was a huge part of their lives growing up.
She said: “He took us to all the Pools matches from being little and would follow them wherever they went.”
Paul’s funeral service was due to be held today at Stranton Crematorium’s chapel at 11am prior to burial in the cemetery.