Tributes to Anglesey A-Team charity founder


Geraint Jones

THE LOSS of a man who founded a children’s activities club charity in Holyhead has been described as "devastating."

John Fox-Russell recently passed away aged 69, after he suffered a heart attack whilst riding his bicycle in Valley.

Mr Russell, a former school headmaster in the London and Midlands areas, was the founder and director of the A-Team, an activities group based in Holyhead, which gave children aged eight upwards the chance to go kayaking, sailing and fishing.

Close friend and honorary secretary of the A-Team, Tudor Williams paid tribute to his friend.

He said: “We’d arranged to meet each other at the Valley Hotel. I arrived there at about 1pm, and at about 1:40pm I left, thinking something must have come up. About 15 minutes later I got a call saying that John had died.

“It certaintly was a shock. It’s devastating. He worked for over 50 years with young people, and he dedicated his life to it.

“He tried to instill respect, kindness and sharing, and helped make them into well behaved teenagers over the weekend.”

Mr Fox-Russell benefitted hundreds of children through his work at the A-Team, including international rugby star George North.

It was thought that Mr Fox Russell contributed more than £200,000 to the cause since he founded the charity.

Friend, John Knox Crawford said: “He was a bloody good man. He was eccentric and very interesting.”

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