The death of Albert “Alf” Denaro


January 29, 1956
Mr. Albert “Alf” Denaro, a director of Everton F.C., and one of the city’s best personalities, died in his sleep at his home, 485 Woolton Road, Gateacre, Liverpool, last night. He was aged 79, and leaves four sons and one daughter.

On Saturday he was at Port Vale watching Everton’s cup-tie game.

A native of Liverpool, Mr. Denaro had a romantic career and from a lowly position rose to be made MBE, a city magistrate, a member of the board of Everton F.C., and to become prominent in several phases of public life.

Born in 1876, in Plum Street, which now forms a portion of Exchange Station, Mr. Denaro was educated at St. Nicholas Church School, Moorfields. He left school at the age of twelve in order to help his widowed mother, and became a carter’s boy.

He joined the Mersey Quay and Railway Carter’s Union in 1896, and in 1911 was appointed to an executive position in the union offices. Although he had left school at such an early age, Mr. Denaro advanced his knowledge by extensive reading.

Skillful negotiator.
In 1914 he was made assistant secretary, and four years later he was elected general secretary of the union, which following upon the growth of motor traction, changed its title to that of the Liverpool and District Carters’ and Motormen’s Union. He was recognised as one of the most skilful negotiators.

Intensely interested in hospital work and development, Mr. Denaro for many years was on the committee of the David Lewis Northern Hospital, and when the United Liverpool Hospitals scheme came into operations in 1938 he was elected a member of the Joint Executive Committee, besides retaining his seat on the Management Committee of the Northern Hospital.

A firm believer in the voluntary hospital system, he did much to advance the work of the Merseyside Hospitals Council (Penny in the Pound Fund), and in the early days of its history became president of the Merseyside Association of Hospital Contributors, a position to which he was repeatedly re-elected.

In 1929 Mr. Denaro was appointed a magistrate for the city, and became a member of the Juvenile Court Panel.

Among various offices which had been held by Mr. Denaro were: Deputy chairman of the Local Employment Committee (Labour Exchange); Deputy Chairman of the Liverpool Juvenile Employment Committee (Education Committee); member of the executive committee of the Personal Service Society; Council of Social Services, and committee of the Liverpool Sportsmen’s Association (Liverpool Boys Association).

Keen sportsman.
He was also a member of the National Joint Conciliation Board for Road Transport of Goods, and a member of the General Purposes Committee of that body.

Mr. Denaro, who also did valuable work for the National Savings movement, was made MBE in the Birthday Honours in 1946, and two years later he retired as secretary of the union in which he had held office for thirty-seven years.

All his life a keen sportsman.

Mr. Denaro achieved a lifelong ambition in 1953 when he was elected to the board of Everton F.C. For many years before that he had been a shareholder of the club, and in 1938 was elected chairman of the Everton Shareholders’ Association, then newly formed.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 30, 1956; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

Albert “Alf” Denaro.

As reported elsewhere in this issue, Mr. Albert “Alf” Denaro, an Everton director, died at his home this morning, aged 80. His death removes from our midst one of the finest sportsmen and most kindly disposed persons it has been my privilege to know.

For many years before the war Alf Denaro, as he was called by his older friends, and I had lunch together once a week, along with football enthusiasts such as Bill Barnes, Pat Taggart and others who have since died and left the world poorer by their passing.

Alf served on more committees than any other man of my acquaintance. He did a tremendous amount of good work in his own quiet and un-ostentatious way. Though his day was always full, he was never so busy that he could not find time to do a good turn for somebody.

Mr. Denaro had been in hospital on three occasions during the past twelve months for heart trouble. He and I were in the Northern together just before Christmas and had several chats in his private room. The last thing he said to me when I left on Christmas Eve was “I feel champion, but I must take things very easily.”

We did not meet again, but I shall always carry with me the memory of his sunny smile and paternal pat on the back as we shook hands for what was to be the last time.

Alf was at the Port Vale match on Saturday, went to bed in good spirits last night after watching television, and died peacefully in his sleep.

He had been on the Everton board only since 1953 – he was due for re-election this summer – but he had followed the club all his life, and before the war was a prime mover, along with Mr. Dick Searle, in the formation of the Everton Shareholders’ Federation, of which he was chairman for some years.

Liverpool has lost one of its most public-spirited citizens. Everton have lost a director who enjoyed the esteem and affection of his colleagues and all the staff and his friends a man who will long be remembered for his honesty of purpose, his toleration and kindliness, and his unfailing good humour. In all our long association I never heard Alf Denaro utter a harsh word about anybody.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 30, 1956; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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