A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Barrie Hubbard was held at The Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints (Crooked Spire) today.Barrie, who passed away ten days ago at the age of 76, had two spells as chairman of the club and was named life president when he stood down from the board in 2012.
The service was led by Reverend Patrick Coleman, who spoke of Barrie's 32-year involvement with the club and his love of travelling, visiting many countries with his wife Janet.
Barrie's nephew, John, who worked with him at Hubbard Print, described him as a "tough but fair employer who had the respect of his employees". He said that Barrie, a lifelong Spireite, was proud of the new stadium after overseeing the move from Saltergate.
John added that Barrie was a member of the MCC who loved to watch Test cricket and revealed he was also a fan of musical theatre. He went on to describe Barrie as "the life and soul of the party who was generous and loyal to his friends".
The service was attended by members of the Spireites board and club staff, together with former directors and employees. Ritchie Humphreys, Ian Evatt and Tommy Lee represented the current squad while former players in attendance included Kevin Randall, Alan Stevenson, Dave Bentley, Andy Morris and Steve Williams. John Duncan, who served as manager under Barrie, was also among the congregation.