16 February 2014
Sir Tom Finney
The staff and student community at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) today offered its condolences and thoughts to the family, friends and relatives of Sir Tom Finney, one of Preston’s most admired sons.
As a revered footballing talent across the world, the University recognised Sir Tom’s achievements through the award of an Honorary Fellowship in 1988. For many years he was a great supporter of the University, regularly attending graduation ceremonies and official engagements as an ambassador of UCLan. In 2012 the University was immensely proud when Sir Tom accepted its proposal to name its new sports centre in his honour.
UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: “On behalf of the staff and student community here at the University I would like to add my sincere condolences to Sir Tom’s family at this sad time.
“There was no one more fitting than Sir Tom to inspire our students and his loss is felt deeply by all of us.”
“As the relatively new Vice-Chancellor at UCLan it is with great regret that I didn’t have the chance to meet him in person.
“From talking to colleagues across the University I know Sir Tom was a true inspiration to our students and a real believer of our ethos to enable people from all walks of life to achieve their full potential, just as he did.
“He was a great footballer and an inspirational man, renowned for his integrity, humility and dignity. There was no one more fitting than Sir Tom to inspire our students and his loss is felt deeply by all of us.”