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Gordon Sparks Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of Gordon Sparks will be held at Home Park on the morning of Wednesday, 2 November.

At the request of Gordon’s family, we are honoured to be opening the gates of the stadium for a celebration of one of Plymouth’s most beloved personalities, a commentary legend of our club, and greatly missed husband, father, and grandfather. The funeral will also be live-streamed on the Argyle YouTube channel courtesy of our friends PL1 Events for anyone unable to attend.

Sparksy, who commentated on Argyle for 32 years – first at Hospital Radio Plymouth, then Plymouth Sound, before making a switch to BBC Radio Devon where he became the region’s breakfast show host – passed away last weekend following a battle with cancer.

Gates will open at 10.30am for a service beginning at 11.30am, led by Argyle Club Chaplain Arthur Goode. Gordon’s family are encouraging as many people to attend as possible, and guests are asked to wear Argyle colours, bringing shirts and scarves with them as we bathe Home Park in Green one more time for Sparksy. However, please note that Gordon made it clear before his passing that those wearing Manchester United shirts will not be permitted entry!

The service will last for a little longer than an hour, before immediate family depart for a private ceremony. The wake will follow in the Club Argyle lounge for Sparksy’s family while friends, work colleagues and anyone who knew him personally are also warmly invited.

Whilst not essential, in order for us to ensure that the event is appropriately catered, (outside of family and friends) please email rememberingsparksy@pafc.co.uk if you are planning on attending the wake.

Those wishing to pay their respects with a gift or contribution are advised that it is immediate family flowers only, however there will be a retiring collection for Mustard Tree Cancer Support Centre, The Chestnut Appeal, and St Luke’s Hospice – three charities extremely close to Gordon’s heart.

Those wishing to make an online contribution or leave a testimonial to Sparksy can do so by following this link.

For any media coverage relating to the funeral, please make prior contact with Argyle Communications Manager Daniel Cole on Daniel.Cole@pafc.co.uk