Aug 15 2013 by Nick Hilton, The Liverpool Post
Funeral details for former Tranmere chairman Fred Williams
THE funeral service for former Tranmere chairman Fred Williams will take place at St Saviour’s Church, Oxton, Birkenhead, next Tuesday (August 20) at 10.30am.
Williams, a director of the club through four decades and a lifelong Rovers supporter, died last week at the age of 83, nine years after suffering a stroke that left him partially paralysed.
Birkenhead born and bred, Williams ran four companies in the construction, heating and ventilation business prior to his retirement.
He saw action in an artillery regiment with the British Army during the Korean War in the early 1950s.
A Tranmere fan since boyhood, he served on the board at Prenton Park during the 1960s through to the 90s and was chairman between 1998 and 1999.
Williams was responsible for exposing the financial issues that left the Wirral club on the brink of collapse in September 1998.
He ensured the majority shareholding in the club was returned to the name of the owner, Peter Johnson, who was chairman of Everton at the time.
Taking over as chairman during the 1998/99 season, Williams administered financial first aid to prevent the club lapsing into administration or worse.
Tranmere held a minute’s silence in Williams’ memory before last Saturday’s home game against Crawley Town.