Date: 20th November 2018 at 6:00pm
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Jonathan Waite, Tottenham’s Head of Supporter Services, tragically passed away at the age of 48, leaving behind his wife and his two children. His death has shocked the fanbase and wider community, as Jonathan was beloved by many and was credited with bringing supporters together. He will leave big shoes to fill.

Vital Villa editor Jonathan Fear talked to Villa’s Fan Liason Lee Preece who was deeply saddened and shocked by the news.  It was clear in that conversation that Lee held Jonathan in the highest of regards.

Lee said: “What a tragic loss to football it is. The awful thing is after all the hard work he would have put in to liaising with fans over the stadium move, the ever-committed Spurs man wouldn’t get to see the new stadium. I can’t state enough what a fantastic bloke he was, forever working for the Spurs fans.”

Tottenham released a statement on their official club website, which read: “It is with a heavy heart that we report the sad news that our dear colleague, Jonathan, passed away suddenly this morning. Our thoughts are with Katie and Jonathan’s two children Alex and Emma at this impossibly sad time.”

Spurs described Jonathan as a ‘hugely popular figure’ who was highly-regarded among rival support. His work led to him being named Supporter Liaison Officer of the Year at the 2016 FSF Awards. Tributes have poured in on social media, showcasing just how many lives he touched.

Kat Law and Martin Cloake, co-chairs of the Tottenham Supporters’ Trust, wrote 500 words on Jonathan, explaining just how much he meant to them and the community. In their obituary, they described how the family man made time for everyone and was ‘impossible not to like’.

There’s sure to be a tribute planned for Jonathan against Chelsea on November 24. Supporters will almost certainly sing his name at Wembley, but it would be a fantastic touch by Tottenham to pay their respects by inviting the family for a pre-match celebration of Jonathan’s life.

Crippy Cooke’s previous article