Dozens of family, friends and community well-wishers came to pay their last respects to Cliff Vassiliou, a local legend in Croxley.
Cliff was a staple of life throughout the area, having run the Croxley Sports Shop on Watford Road for more than 27 years.
In his time, he’d also been involved in the area’s Cypriot community, Croxley Green village, Rickmansworth town and his beloved Watford FC, all while being a beloved father dedicated to his family.
Richard Johnson, Watford FC Academy Director and former player, paid tribute to Cliff:
“So sad to hear the news that Cliffy has passed away,” he said. “I have personally known Cliff since I was a youth team player here at the club. He absolutely loved the football club and he represented everything the club was about.
“He always spoke about the values and the community spirit that Graham Taylor entrenched in every player that played for the club. He was a massive advocate of the Academy and he used to speak with me at every home game where he used to bring club legend and Hall of Famer Tom Walley.
“Cliff will be sorely missed and on behalf of everyone involved with the Academy I would like to send our condolences to his family and friends. RIP Legend.”
Cliff had also recently gone viral after neighbouring café, The Kitchen, made a viral social media that galvanised residents of the village to help his shop, which at the time was at threat of closure.
Sadly, shortly afterwards Cliff was taken unwell, passing away not long after.
The service took place at All Saints Church in Croxley Green, taking place on June 23 at 1pm. Cliff was then committed to the ground at Woodcock Hill Cemetery, with a wake following at Harefield Football Club.
Cliff’s family have set up a JustGiving page, asking well-wishers to donate to Peace Hospice Care in tribute to Cliff in lieu of flowers. To do so, visit bit.ly/3OiQWmK