Crystal Palace Football Club’s legendary chief steward has passed away.
The club announced the death of Bromley’s Les Barnes, 60, over the weekend. He had been diagnosed with cancer last year.
The club are sad to announce the passing of Chief Steward Les Barnes. Deepest sympathy is sent to his family from everyone at the club.#cpfc— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) July 6, 2014
Mr Barnes worked for the south London club for over 40 years, starting out on the turnstiles and working his way up.
Hundreds of colleagues and fans have joined friends and family in paying tribute to the Eagles’ veteran, who is survived by his partner, two stepchildren, and four grandsons.
Thoughts and prayers tonight @OfficialCPFC with family, friends and colleagues of Chief Steward Les Barnes. May He rest in peace.— Tony Pearson (@N_AddTony) July 5, 2014
Communications manager at Palace, Terry Byfield, honoured the stalwart.
Sad news to hear that Les Barnes has passed away, worked in many different roles through the stewarding department in his time at the club.— Terry Byfield (@terrybyfield) July 6, 2014
A memorial website has been set up with photos and stories of Mr Barnes. He was born on April 3, 1954.