Popular former Sheffield Wednesday director, Ernest Barron, passes away
Ernest Barron, a popular former director of Sheffield Wednesday and an avid Wednesdayite, has sadly passed away at the age of 94.
Barron spent many years as a season ticket holder at Wednesday, and was also a shareholder and debenture funder for the North stand prior to being asked to join the board in the late 1970s.
He was a director for the club’s most successful period of the modern era, and had a good working relationship with the likes of Jack Charlton, Howard Wilkinson, Ron Atkinson and Trevor Francis.
During his time at the club, Barron became known for not being your ‘usual’ kind of director, at one point raising money to fund new floodlights by doing a sponsored run from Sheffield centre to Hillsborough.
He was also known to spend mornings down at Middlewood Road watching and encouraging the younger players at the club, dedicating countless hours of his time to the well-being of his beloved Owls.
After retiring from the Board of Directors, the Sheffielder remained as Vice President of the club and got involved with their football in the community project and remained involved in the game via his role as President of The Central League until his passing this month.
Wednesday legend, Terry Curran, described him as a ‘beautiful man’ and ‘the best director at any football club I played at’ after being informed of his death, and he will not be the only one left with fond memories of Barron as he is mourned by his friends, family and fellow Wednesdayites.