The Trust is devastated to hear of the passing of John Cave, not only an ex Chair but also a gentleman and willing listener. RIP JJ.
Mr John Cave, a lifelong Leeds United supporter, an ex Chair of the Leeds United Supporters Trust and season ticket holder of many years sadly passed away this week aged 71.
John, JJ to his friends, was widely respected across the supporter’s spectrum, bringing as he did in his retirement a calm, reasoned and articulate perspective to bear on all those issues that have been part and parcel of the Leeds United supporting experience over recent years.
John’s memories, as articulated by articles written for football related websites, go all the way back to the 1950’s and the John Charles era. Through ups and downs John stood loyally by the club never once wavering in his stead-fast belief that Leeds United were, could be again, should be again and will be again one of the greatest clubs on the planet.
During his time as a Trust board member and as chair he made been part of the community, both locally to the club and the wider Leeds United supporter family, a top priority. John was principled but pragmatic in approach, his style affable and approachable.
Below are just a few of the tributes paid to him already:
“Very sad my good friend John Cave has passed. Poorly for a while but we had hoped. Rest in peace mate. He worked tirelessly for many years to improve things for the supporters of Leeds United and the club. And he was always great company.”
“Had lots of help from John Cave with various things over the years, but only met him once. What sweetmemories he has. RIP John”.
“A gentleman and determined champion of the fans, John Cave knew exactly what Leeds could (and should) be. He will be missed.”
“John Cave was a fair minded, good hearted & thoroughly decent man. It came through in his articles about our club. Rest in peace”.
“The thing about getting older is you become a little wiser, a little less patient, a little more cynical but you appreciate the time you have a little more too. I had a little time with a man who imparted his wisdom to me, who reminded me that patience truly is a virtue and that cynicism was often justified, a man who I grew to respect and whose advice and guidance played a massive role in the challenges I faced as chairman of LUST, a role he knew better than most was demanding in more ways than are ever really understood. For John Cave time has no more meaning, for those of us whose lives he touched our time will hold fond memories of a great man. Leeds United has lost a loyal servant and genuinely decent and well respected son, time has taken its toll on the hearts of many once more, but in time few will be left remembering him with nothing less than love, respect and a smile. MARCHING ON TOGETHER. RIP John, Elland Roads loss is heavens gain.” - Gary Cooper.
We could go on for ever with the tributes that are coming in. The Leeds United Supporters Trust, on behalf of Leeds United supporters worldwide offer our condolences to his family and friends.