CPST is greatly saddened by the news that Gerry Ryan died yesterday, aged 57. Gerry was a leading figure in Croydon politics having been Selhurst Councillor for two decades and standing for Parliament on two occasions. He was a passionate Palace fan and Trust member, always willing to give up his time to support Trust activities. He was a strong advocate of Trust involvement in community projects and helped to facilitate projects in Selhurst that encouraged young people in the area to engage in sporting activity. He was always keen for CPST to work closely with the CPFC Foundation to promote Palace within the Croydon community.
When the Club went into Administration in 2010 Gerry used his political contacts to garner support for the Club’s plight. Following CPFC 2010’s purchase of the Club the Trust took on the project of identifying potential sites for a new Training Ground. Gerry was instrumental in identifying a site in Warlingham, facilitated contact for the Trust with the owners of that site and gave constant encouragement and wise counsel during that time.
Trust Chairman, Alan Palmer said, “ I got to know Gerry well over many years. He was a passionate Palace fan and also gave CPST great support over the years. He was incredibly resolute and determined, typified by the way he fought his illness. He made it to the last Trust AGM in September despite having had a bout of chemotherapy earlier that day. I spoke to him on Christmas Eve and he remained positive and upbeat despite everything he was going through. We discussed all things Palace and it’s difficult to accept that we won’t be doing that again.”
Our thoughts at this sad time are with Gerry’s wife, Jackie, his family and friends.