So sorry to hear this news, came across as a lovely , genuine family man. He was very successful and very proud of our local area. Heartbreaking and sincere condolences to his family and close friends.
This has certainly took the shine off the takeover news for me. Will always remember, when he was on the board and on home matchdays, he would park his car in the "elite" parking spaces directly outside the main entrance to the SOL.....brand new Mercs, Beamers, Range Rovers etc and a well aged BMW that stood out like a sore thumb. I believe this was John's car....i'm sure he could have afforded "flashy" but this to me showed that the lad was unpretentious and very much down to earth. Sad day indeed.
I am very sorry to hear this the Hays family are very much a Sunderland family in respect of the City and the football club. I believe that he was responsible for doing my son a kindness a few years back and got him a much treasured autographed photo of SNQ.