Mourners are being encouraged to wear Wrexham AFC shirts at the funeral of a dedicated fan.
Chris ‘Scarfy’ Williams died suddenly but peacefully at Wrexham Maelor hospital earlier this week and leaves behind wife Denise and son Craig.
His funeral will be held at Pentrebychan Crematorium at 9.45am on Friday, March 24 and the family would like to welcome anyone wearing Wrexham AFC shirts to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted for the Shooting Star unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
A club spokesman said: “Anyone who travels to away games will know Scarfy, who had been following the team since he was a youngster.
“He worked at Airbus for more years than anyone will care to remember, before recently taking retirement from the Broughton factory.
“Scarfy was looking forward to spending more time with his family and travelling unhindered to Wrexham and Wales games – not that he ever missed many in the first place.
“He was chosen as ‘Director for the Day’ back in September 2013, when we hosted Cambridge United and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
“A larger than life character, Scarfy always had a smile on his face and even after the team lost a match, he always looked on the bright side and couldn’t wait until the next game.
Messages of condolence have been posted online including this one from Tim Edwards.
He said: “Why must they take the best away from us?
“Barely days away from a year since a good work colleague passed away, I’ve now lost another absolutely wonderful friend in Chris Williams, aka Scarfy.
“He took me under his wing when I was a kid who started to watch Wrexham AFC. He was funny, warm, dry-witted and looked out for everyone before himself.
“He’d recently earned retirement after long service at Airbus.
“Life is cruel. This is the cruellest. You’ll never be forgotten my friend.”
The club spokesman added: “We can only add our heartfelt sympathies to his family at this very sad time – but please take some comfort in knowing that he also touched the lives of so many throughout the area, including numerous friends both at the football club and Airbus.”