We are sad to hear that Paul Colton has died. Paul did so much for so many people at Manchester Roller Hockey Club over many years. Our condolences to all Paul’s family and friends.
It seems only yesterday that we worked with Paul and so many others from our community when the old Arcadia building and site was redeveloped into the Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre. As part of that fight we insisted that a new home was found for the Roller Hockey Club and remember Paul’s absolute dedication to the Club and everyone who got so much from it. That was some years ago now but links have been maintained and both Paul and Manchester Roller Hockey Club will always have a place in the hearts of the people of Levenshulme.
The following tribute is reproduced by kind permission of Manchester Roller Hockey Club.
In Loving Memory of Paul Colton (1950 – 2023): A Roller Hockey Legend
It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Coach and Chairman Paul Colton. On Tuesday 23rd May, Paul bid farewell to this world, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished by the Roller Hockey community.
He learned to skate almost as soon as he could walk, dedicating his 70 plus years to this incredible sport, touching the lives of countless individuals along the way.
Paul was not just a coach; he was a beacon of inspiration, a mentor, a friend, and a pillar of strength for all who knew him. His unwavering commitment to Roller Hockey and the people involved in the sport set him apart. Whether he was teaching young players the fundamentals, strategizing with his senior team, or offering a comforting shoulder to cry on, Paul’s impact was immeasurable. His genuine care for others and his ability to instill confidence and resilience in his players were the hallmarks of his coaching career.
Beyond the boundaries of Manchester, Paul’s influence extended far and wide. His dedication to the sport resonated on regional, national, and international levels. His passion for roller hockey was infectious, and his expertise was sought after by many. Paul’s knowledge and insights were invaluable, and his contributions to the growth and development of the sport will be remembered for generations to come.
The loss of Paul Colton leaves a void that can never be filled. His absence will be deeply felt by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. Yet, even as we mourn his passing, we find solace in the profound impact he had on our lives and the sport he loved so dearly. We will carry his teachings, his spirit, and his passion forward, striving to honor his memory in every game played and every goal scored.
To Paul’s family, we extend our deepest condolences and offer our unwavering support during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing that Paul’s legacy lives on in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched. His indomitable spirit will forever inspire us to embrace the sport he cherished and to nurture the camaraderie and love he fostered among us.
Details of how the club will be commemorating Paul’s life will be shared in due course.
Paul Colton, you will forever remain an integral part of our Roller Hockey family. Rest in peace, dear Coach, Chairman, and friend. Your impact on our lives will forever be cherished and remembered.
“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”Tribute to Paul colton, manchester roller hockey club