Lee Latchford-Evans, member of pop band Steps and a proud Evertonian, has paid tribute to his dad Billy after his sad passing.
Billy was also a massive Blue and named his son after Toffees number nine, Bob Latchford.
In Loving Memory of William Dennis Evans, “Billy’’.
Born 13/07/1952. Died 08/02/2018.
A loving brother, uncle, father, father-in-law, grandfather and husband who left without saying goodbye.
A true, honest, selfless family man who will forever be missed and always in our hearts.
Heaven has gained another angel.
Billy, my dad, was a true Blue. Everton was a huge part of his life so there was no argument who I was going to support growing up - I was even named after Bob Latchford, one of the all-time Everton greats. As they say, ‘you are born a Blue’.
Some of my greatest memories as a child are being at Goodison. Listening to the roar of the crowd as we were walking closer to the stadium. Being carried over the entry barriers because I was so small. Not being able to take a flag in as the stick was classed as a weapon, so my dad would roll the flag up and put it in my pocket and I would hold it up wide in my hands and Dad would lift me in the air when Everton scored - feeling the surge of the crowd all pushing forward (there were no seats back then in the lower Gwladys Street). I think Dad was saving me from being pushed and shoved as much as holding me up to celebrate.
I wasn’t afraid or worried because I was with my Dad. I had my flag which I held high, my badges on my warm woolly hat and I was having the time of my life.
Nowadays, it is wonderful to see the tradition is still there and Dad has taken my young nephew for quite a few years.
I live in London so it’s difficult to make every home game - but I do when I can and we all have Season Tickets in the Upper Bullens.
It’s going to be difficult now to go to the game without Dad, but I know in my heart he would want us to carry on and love the game, team and Club as much as he did.
Mum is carrying on his memory and now has his Season Ticket (which stops her using mine when I can’t make it) and my brother-in-law has one as well.
You see, Everton is about community and family and this I know will bring us closer together.
Dad, I know you had your heroes in Everton - but you were mine.
I miss you, I love you and I always will.