100 Years of Coconuts and CFU is, with countless others associated with Cambridge United, mourning the death of supporter extraordinaire and Coconuts volunteer Marcus Gynn.
Marcus, who died on Thursday, February 11 after a long illness, was an ever-popular presence on the terraces, home and away, and around the Abbey Stadium. He is greatly missed by his loving family and many friends, who will remember his cheerful selflessness, his devotion to many causes and, finally, his bravery.
Marcus was born on 16 March 1979. He attended St Albans school, Cherry Hinton community junior school and the Netherhall School before studying geography at Bath and Anglia Polytechnic universities.
He worked at Tesco Fulbourn and then for Cambridgeshire County Council, where he was a communications assistant for the children’s and young persons’ services.
Marcus was a Cambridge lad through and through. His uncle took him to United matches from the age of four and he was a mascot in the 1980s. His devotion to the club never wavered. He made valuable contributions to Coconuts meetings and was an ever-smiling volunteer when the group put itself in the public eye.
His other great passion was running, which he took up in 2011. A Newmarket jogger and an honorary Shabba (Short Heath and Bloxwich Branch Amateur) runner, he took part in the 2013 Milton Keynes marathon, the Equinox 24-hour race and many more.
His running exploits were joyfully recorded in a blog –myrunningstories.wordpress.com – and even after he was stricken by cancer he continued to describe his life and his trials.
Marcus was part of a close family that spends much time together. They include a brother, sister, mum, dad, sister-in-law, nana, uncles, aunts and cousins.
The funeral will take place at 11am on Friday, February 26 at Swaffham Prior church. A fundraising project to benefit Marcus’s family’s chosen charities can be found at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/runformarcus.