Many gathered in Ashington in Northumberland early on Tuesday morning as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passed around the town. One of the greats of the sport Jack Charlton passed away recently at the age of 85.
Jack Charlton played as a defender for England was part of the winning team in 1966 World Cup and retired in 1966.
He later managed the Republic of Ireland national team and achieved 2 World Cup appearances along with one European Championship appearance. He was well respected and loved by everyone in his hometown.
He was also incredibly proud of his hometown his son said. His son John also said, “Many will know now that, as a family, we wanted to give local people the opportunity to say goodbye to Jack, and pay their respects before he’s laid to rest, which is why we decided to take the funeral cortege around Ashington.”
Jack and his brother grew up in Ashington and spent their early childhood there. Jack was considered as the local hero and thousands gathered to pay tribute to him, they threw flowers on the hearse as it passed through the lanes.
His death was also mourned in Ireland, as the Football Association of Ireland has asked all Republic fans to wear green in his memory. They also urged all those who can, to donate to the Irish Cancer Society and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
Charlton has been battling dementia and was diagnosed with lymphoma as well, the family said he died peacefully with his family by his side.
He received tributes not only from his hometown and Ireland but from around the world as many bid him farewell and remembered him.
He was famous after retirement as he always took time out for fans and was always warm to them. His family also said in their statement “As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny, and genuine man who always had time for people.”
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