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Monday, January 23, 2012

Co-Founder of Spirit of Shankly Dies


On Saturday members of KEIOC were saddened at the news that Spirit of Shankly Vice President Paul Rice had died peacefully at the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton.

In his professional life Paul was a well known figure in the city’s business district where he was Chief Executive of Liverpool's Commercial District Partnership.

Members of KEIOC had often visited Paul during his long battle with illness which he faced with typical bravery and courage. KEIOC Secretary Colin Fitzpatrick and Chair Dave Kelly had visited Paul recently and reported that although obviously extremely ill he enthusiastically entered into the inevitable banter between Evertonian and Liverpudlian friends.

A statement on the Spirit of Shankly website said, “It is with deep regret and sadness that the Spirit of Shankly have to announce that one of the founders and Vice President of the union, Paul Rice, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Marie Curie hospice at 11am this morning. Paul was an inspiration to all who met him and was a dedicated and passionate member of the organisation, always giving leadership and advice. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

KEIOC wish to extend their deepest condolences to Paul’s family, friends and colleagues..

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