Town say farewell to a friend and colleague
Ipswich Town are saddened to announce that a popular member of staff, Warner Duff, passed away last night.
The 61-year-old worked for the Club for more than 20 years as disability liaison officer and was recognised for his commitment to the local community with a number of awards.
Warner was the Football League’s Fan of the Year in 2009 after being nominated by then Town boss Jim Magilton for his role with the Club’s disabled supporters at home and away games.
He was voted employee/volunteer of the year, also in 2009, by the National Association of Disabled Supporters and in 2010, he finished as a runner-up in the Pride of Britain awards shown on ITV.
Warner, who ran the Club’s disability football team, was also Town’s first Community Champion, leading both teams out and carrying the matchball for the first game of the season in 2016/17 when Blues took on Barnsley.
“I was privileged to have worked alongside Warner for over 15 years and in that time I got to witness what an incredible guy he was,” said Town’s head of ticketing, Donna Powell.
“Any supporter that needed help in any way to attend a game would be directed to Warner and he would always go out of his way to assist. It’s no surprise that he won awards.
“On behalf of all the staff at Ipswich Town, I would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Warner’s family and friends at this very sad time.”