John Berylson has had a 17-year association with Millwall
The sudden demise of Millwall’s chairman and owner, John Berylson, aged 70, in an unfortunate accident was confirmed by the club on Tuesday.
Berylson, a renowned American entrepreneur, first became affiliated with the Championship team in 2006.
“John was an exceptional individual, deeply committed to his family,” the club shared in an official statement.
Survived by his spouse Amy and their children Jennifer, James, and Elizabeth, Berylson is fondly remembered for his extraordinary generosity, affability, and kindness.
“John led an illustrious life, rich in colour and happiness, and constantly aimed to impart his extensive wisdom and experiences to aid others,” the club’s tribute read.
Specific details surrounding Berylson’s passing have not been disclosed by Millwall.
Fans have been invited to honour his memory in a condolence book, which will be passed on to his family. This book will be available for messages at the club’s The Den stadium on Wednesday from 11:00 BST and online.
“John’s tenure saw some of Millwall’s most historic moments, his contribution to facilitating those is irreplaceable,” expressed the club.
“His anticipation for the new season and future plans was palpable. Any victories going forward will be a testament to his memory and dedication. His legacy lives on.”
Last season, Millwall finished in the eighth position in the Championship, narrowly missing a playoff spot on the final day.
Berylson became a key shareholder in 2007 after leading a consortium that invested in the then League One team. He took over from Stewart Till as chairman the same year and witnessed two promotions into the Championship. The most recent of these was in 2017, with the team remaining in the second tier since then.
Tributes for the late owner have been pouring in. Former Millwall right-back Alan Dunne said, “John was a gentleman who put Millwall back on the map. His contributions to the club will be forever etched in our memories. I can only thank him for everything he did for me and MILLWALL.”
Chief Executive of Aberdeen, Alan Burrows, expressed his condolences saying, “Terrible, terrible news. Everyone at Aberdeen FC’s thoughts are with John’s family, friends, and the entire Millwall FC. RIP.”
Several clubs, including rival West Ham, have sent their condolences. “Our deepest condolences are with John’s family, friends, and all at Millwall FC during this tragic period,” they stated.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about John Berylson’s death
Who was John Berylson?
John Berylson was the owner and chairman of the Championship club Millwall. He was a respected American businessman who first got involved with Millwall in 2006.
What happened to John Berylson?
John Berylson passed away at the age of 70 due to an unexpected mishap. The specific details surrounding his passing have not been disclosed by Millwall.
How long was Berylson associated with Millwall?
Berylson had a 17-year long association with Millwall. He first became affiliated with the Championship team in 2006 and became a key shareholder in 2007.
What were John Berylson’s contributions to Millwall?
John Berylson witnessed two promotions into the Championship during his tenure. His tenure saw some of Millwall’s most historic moments and his contribution to facilitating those was irreplaceable. He put Millwall back on the map, according to former Millwall right-back Alan Dunne.
How can fans pay respects to John Berylson?
Fans have been invited to honour Berylson’s memory in a condolence book, which will be passed on to his family. This book will be available for messages at the club’s The Den stadium and online.