Aden Veteran died from heart attack after Cheltenham Town game
HE was a staunch family man who carried the standard for Gloucestershire's Aden Veterans with pride.
Fond tributes have been paid to Roy Scott, who collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack following Cheltenham Town's match against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
The 71-year-old, from Rowanfield, was standard bearer for the county branch of The Aden Veterans Association since 2009 – attending countless repatriation ceremonies at Royal Wootton Bassett.
He was also a passionate supporter of Cheltenham Town Football Club and a regular face on the terraces at Whaddon Road for the past 40 years.
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Those who knew him best say he was a "true gentleman" who always put family first.
Josie Scott, Roy's wife of 47 years, said: "He loved being standard bearer for the Aden Veterans. He went to all the repatriation ceremonies – come rain or shine he would always go if he was able to.
"I think he felt those who fought in Aden were not recognised as they should have been so he wanted to do his bit."
Born in Yorkshire in 1941, Roy served in Aden from 1963 to 1965 before embarking on a career in engineering.
He married Josie in 1966 after their eyes "met across a crowded room" and the couple soon moved south to Cheltenham where they settled down.
They have two daughters, Angela and Alison, and four grandchildren, Abi, 19, Alice, 16, Esme, 11, and George, nine.
Josie added: "Family always came first for Roy. He was a true gentleman. He was always smiling and never had a bad word to say about anyone."
Roy was honoured for his work with the Aden Veterans when he was invited to Buckingham Palace in 2010.
Chris Blick, county branch secretary, spoke warmly of his work with the organisation.
"Roy was a very loyal member who did a lot to develop our branch," he said. "His smile was infectious and would always cheer up those who were around him."
Roy died after suffering a heart attack outside the Abbey Business Stadium on Saturday. Friends said he died doing something he loved. A club spokesman sent sympathies to the family, saying Roy would be much missed at matches.
Details of Roy's funeral will be published later this week.