Poignant tribute to dead tycoon

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Sheffield Steelers will hold a minute’s silence tomorrow (Sun) following the death of former owner, millionire Norton Lea.

The former Chesterfield FC chairman Norton Lea has died aged 86, after a fight against cancer.

In Sheffield, he will be remembered for taking over the ice hockey club from disgraced businessman Darren Brown.

He also had a long war with another Steelers owner Bob Phillips, who bought the company off him.

Steelers will pay tribute to him before their game with Nottingham Panthers, tomorrow evening.

In Chesterfield, Mr Lea joined the Spireites board in the 1980s and remained with the club until 2000 when Brown took over and almost ran it into the ground.

Brown was eventually jailed.

Widower Lea, who lived at Holymoorside, ran an international exhibition display company, called Lea International.

Mike Watterson, another former chairman of Chesterfield, said: ““Norton was a hard man but a fair man. He was a good businessman, I liked him.’’”

A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 24, at Chesterfield Crematorium, at 12.30pm.

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