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Bill Lyon (St. Helens Star, Monday 3rd August 2009)
Family and friends in the rugby league world at large are mourning the loss of a long-serving Saints’ board member whose devotion to the club was a byword.

Born in Westfield Street, William ‘Bill’ Lyon (85) died in Mayfield nursing home following a brief illness.His wife Joan passed away in 2005 and he is survived by his son William and daughters Katherine, Margaret and Elizabeth. Bill also leaves eight grandchildren: James, Anne, William (who plays for Thatto Heath Crusaders), Saints’ cheerleader Charlotte, Rebecca, Katie, John and Laura.

A former pupil of St Luke’s junior and Prescot Grammar Schools, Bill was – like current chairman Eamonn McManus – a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge University, where he played Rugby Union. He was later a lecturer at Padgate Teacher Training College and Quarry Bank.
From a Rugby League angle he was invited to join Saints’ board following the retirement of Doctor Anthony Lomax and Harold Stott in 1976.Bill continued to serve as a director until the age of 70 in 1994.

The Lyon family have invited donations for a ‘Bill Lyon Youth Rugby Fund’ in order to obtain a trophy to be competed for by amateur teams in memory of a stalwart whose final Super League home match was versus Castleford last month.

A minute’s silence was held before Friday’s game against Wigan Warriors.

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