Gary Haddon - perhaps mostly known as "Steamer" - is remembered by many purely for his love of Aston Villa FC, and his ability to turn the conversation on the blogs that he frequented, and his humour. One AVL contributor remarked: "His humour was brilliant, he never minced his words and made everyone feel welcome".
Those of us at the Aston Villa Life blog will particularly remember him for his sharp wit and impossible predictions. We also were aware of the deep feeling he held for the football club that he had supported for so many years, home and away, first-team matches and reserve matches. His love of football and the Villa was unquestionable.
In the old days Gary was usually in the company of other 'steamers', whose stories have sometimes brought tears (of joy and despair!) to the eyes of fellow Villa supporters.
One of his companions on such 'Villa expeditions' expressed the following about Gary the person: "He was probably one of the nicest people I have met, and kindest. Gary would do anything for you: nothing would get in his way."
It has also been said that everyone has got a story about Gary and his wry sense of humour, and that he simply was a great person to be with.
The Aston Villa community has lost a great friend - of the Club and of individuals - but he will not be forgotten.
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