Little Jack Stevens dies of leukaemia

Thursday, 18 November, 2021 19comments  |  Jump to last
Everton great Gary Stevens is mourning the loss of his son, Jack, who sadly passed away from leukaemia today.

Jack had been battling the disease for some time and suffered a relapse earlier this year which prompted the family to renew their drive to get fans of the Blues and other clubs to sign up to the stem cell donor registry.

Unfortunately, a matching donor was not found in time for Jack but there is a chance that as a result of their efforts, another family in a similar situation might one day be handed a miracle.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Gary's family and friends, both here in the UK and in Australia.  

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 18/11/2021 at 16:45:32
Condolences to Gary and his family.

Gary himself was a lovely lad, knew him a bit through a mutual friend back in the day.

There's nothing that can be said to ease what he's going through at the moment.

RIP Jack.

Stephen Vincent
2 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:25:09
Puts our moaning about mundane football stuff into perspective.

Thoughts with Gary and family at this incredibly difficult time.

Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:34:24
When I hear that a 4-year-old child has died, after suffering from such a dreadful illness, it leaves me feeling sick to the stomach. Truly heartbreaking. 🙏
Peter Mills
4 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:39:54
Some things are too sad for words.

Heartfelt condolences to the Stevens family.

Dale Self
5 Posted 18/11/2021 at 17:55:44
Agreed but Tony's offering was good there. Heartbreaking when it is a child.
Kim Vivian
6 Posted 18/11/2021 at 18:23:14
Tragic. I loved Gary Stevens - Condolences Gary. RIP little Jack.

A little anecdote just to uplift things a little

A few years back I was coaching a kids team locally in Kent and one of the mums said that her lad was getting a bit of after-school tutoring from Gary Stevens's wife (or girlfriend - I forget which), and he had offered to provide some coaching for us. I couldn't believe it and couldn't wait to meet him, chat about the glory years of the 80s etc..

How gutted was I when it turned out to be Gary Stevens, England, Tottenham, Brighton and Portsmouth!!! I hid it well though and he was a great guy. Gave us a fair bit of his time to help out. True story – Never got over the disappointment though!

Stay strong Gary.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 18/11/2021 at 18:47:09
Condolences to Gary Stevens and his family, desperately sad news. Wishing him and his family the very best for the future.
Ken Kneale
8 Posted 18/11/2021 at 19:31:30
Very sad news indeed - it is always doubly painful when the natural order of events in death is bypassed - to do so at such a young age and having lived with illness even more so.

I hope Gary and his family find some comfort from their own remembrance and the good wishes of us all.

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 18/11/2021 at 20:39:19
Nothing sadder than hearing about the passing of a young child, especially one who has suffered during his short spell here. Deepest sympathy to Gary, his wife and all the family. RIP Jack.
Dennis Stevens
10 Posted 18/11/2021 at 20:52:02
Terribly sad news. The poor lad & poor family too, they must be devastated.
Ian Hollingworth
11 Posted 18/11/2021 at 21:35:57
Heartbreaking news.
Condolences to Gary and his family.
RIP Jack
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 18/11/2021 at 21:46:52
We've come so far in treating childhood leukemia, but "so far" isn't far enough when children are still losing their lives to this horror.

Deepest condolences to the Stevens family.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 18/11/2021 at 22:51:04
Absolutely awful news. Very sad.
Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 18/11/2021 at 23:34:27
We all lose or have lost people close to us.

But nothing can compare to losing a child at such a tender age.

Shattering for Gary and his family. There's nothing I can say that would offer consolence. It's times like this that truly put life and football into perspective.

God bless.

Paul Birmingham
15 Posted 18/11/2021 at 23:55:48
Terrible news for Gary Stevens and his Family.

There’s no words to express their pain.

It puts life, and Everton in perspective.

It must now be 40 years since his first of many good digs into the Street v Ipswich and we beat them 2-1.

That for me was one of the games that signalled the start of what was the new beginning, at the time for Everton.

But deepest sympathies to Gary Stevens and his Family, and RIP Jack, there’s no words to express their sorrow at this time.

The Everton Family is with Gary Stevens and his Family, through this terrible time.

Bobby Mallon
16 Posted 19/11/2021 at 08:50:21
My condolences to Gary Stevens and his family for the tragic loss of their little 4 yr old. RIP.
Peter McEvoy
17 Posted 19/11/2021 at 08:55:56
Deepest sympathy to Gary Stevens and his family on the tragic loss of his son thoughts and prayers I am sure are with him and his family at this sad time from all at Everton Football Club
Paul Kossoff
18 Posted 19/11/2021 at 16:10:36
God bless little Jack and his parents, and all sick people. Life is so precious yet so fragile, we should embrace all of it.
Mike Rees
19 Posted 19/11/2021 at 21:11:28
I would just like to add my condolences to Gary and his family; at the tragic loss of their little lad Jack

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