Chairman leads tributes to Sir Bert’s widow
WEST Bromwich Albion is deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of Lady Barbara Millichip, widow of former Club chairman Sir Bert.
Lady Barbara, who was 88 and passed away on what would have been her late husband’s 101st birthday, died peacefully after a short illness.
Lady Barbara was a Life Member at The Hawthorns and a remained a staunch supporter of her beloved Baggies throughout her life.
News of her death brought tributes from throughout the Club today, led by Chairman Jeremy Peace who said: “We are all deeply saddened by Lady Barbara’s passing.
“She was a wonderful lady and always welcome at The Hawthorns – she was Albion through and through and she will be greatly missed.
“Our deepest condolences go to her family.”
Lady Barbara provided a link to one of the Club’s most famous families, Sir Bert having chaired the club from 1974 to lead an Albion revival before standing down in 1983. Sir Bert was also President of the Club and Chairman of the FA between 1981-96 during one of English football’s most troubled periods.
Record-holder Tony Brown, who was a key figure on the pitch during Sir Bert’s chairmanship, was deeply saddened to hear of Lady Barbara’s passing.
He said: “It’s very, very sad news because I’ve known Lady Barbara for many years, going back to when I was a player here.
“Back then, we tended to meet at various Club functions and dinners and she was a delightful lady. She was a lovely person to talk to and she had that knack where, whoever she was with, she put them at their ease. She made a point of speaking to everyone and we were all charmed by her.
“With Sir Bert, they made a wonderful couple and both of them were Albion through and through. I think you could see that in the fact that even up to last season, she would still be coming to games.
“It was always lovely to meet up and chat about old times and we shall all miss her greatly.”
Lady Barbara leaves a son Peter and daughter Sally and grandchildren Charlie and Jenny. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.