John Waite, English footballer, Died at 74

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John Aidan Waite was born on January 16, 1942, in Wellingore, Lincolnshire and died on April 3, 2016.

He was an English professional football player and manager.

Waite played for Grimsby Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Keelby, and managed Immingham Town.

Waite was raised in Grimsby.

John’s father Reg taught English to girls at Wintringham Grammar School (now Oasis Academy).

Waite’s mother Betty was formerly of the Steel family, who believed John got his athleticism from her brothers, Jack and Walter, Wellingore football players in the 1930s.

John Waite also played cricket during the summer months.

Waite bowled for several teams, including Lincolnshire Colts, Cleethorpes Town, British Titan Products and Lindsey Oil Refinery.

He also wrote a weekly column for the Grimsby Telegraph.

He also reported live on running matches on local radio.

John married his childhood sweetheart Susan Dale, who lived in the same neighborhood, in 1963.

The couple had two children, Sally and Mark, the latter a professional soccer coach in the United States.

John Waite passed away at 74 yrs old.

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