Well-known Auckland referee and club volunteer Chris Scott has died, aged 52.
A member of the refereeing community since 2011, Scott continued to referee, even while undergoing treatment for cancer during the last 21 months of his life.
In a website post, Northern Region Football said their thoughts were with Chris’s wife, Fleur, and children Caitlin and Hayden.
Beth Rattray, NRF Education Officer – Community Officials, said: “Chris embodied the best values of our referees, working his way up, giving back to the community and other referees.
“He always had time for others, and will be remembered as a kind, caring nice guy whose family was very important to him. Chris even refereed when he could over the last two years as his health allowed.”
In their tribute to Scott, Papakura City posted: “It is with great sadness that we learned that Chris Scott, a previous PCFC volunteer, committee member, coach, referee and so much more has passed away yesterday after a courageous battle with cancer.
“To the wider Papakura community who may not have known, Chris, Fleur and the family ran the Monday night kids summer soccer for many years also. Our thoughts are with Fleur, Caitlin and Hayden at this heartbreaking time. Rest in peace, Chris.”
Christian Mathew Lindsay (Chris) Scott (October 1, 1971 — January 22, 2024)
A funeral service to celebrate Chris Scott’s life will be held at Manukau Memorial Gardens, 361 Puhinui Road, Wiri, Auckland on Tuesday January 30, 2024, at 11am with light refreshments served afterwards. Wear colours to help celebrate Chris’s life, it is what he wanted.
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