Rotherham United were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our life president, friend and supporter Barry ‘Chuckle’ Elliott, aged 73.
Barry, alongside brother Paul, provided countless hours of entertainment in a 50-year career, and would always champion his beloved Rotherham United in their immensely popular shows.
Barry will be best remembered for the TV show ChuckleVision which ran for 292 episodes between 1987 and 2009, with one episode famously filmed at Millmoor where the duo represented Rotherham United.
The club were delighted to make the duo honorary life presidents of the Millers in 2007, and despite their packed touring schedule they would often visit the AESSEAL New York Stadium to watch the Millers in action.
Chairman Tony Stewart added his condolences to many others this morning after hearing the sad news, telling www.themillers.co.uk that Barry will be sorely missed at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
“First and foremost Barry was a brilliant entertainer who gave great joy to generations of people in a career spanning 50 years.
“He was also a huge fan of the Millers, and whenever there was a chance he, along with Paul, would be here at the AESSEAL New York Stadium watching his beloved club in action.
“Barry and Paul are two of our most recognisable supporters, who would often mention the Millers in their popular TV and stage shows, really putting our club on the entertainment map.
“Barry loved the Millers, and we loved Barry. He was a funny, likeable and entertaining person who was always welcomed with open arms by staff and supporters whenever he was in town.
“Our thoughts are now with Barry’s family and friends, including his brother and entertainment partner Paul, during this sad time.”
Earlier today Paul Elliott said: “I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."
Manager Phil Dale also said this morning: “It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.
“The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel.”
Everyone at Rotherham United would like to express our deepest condolences to Barry’s family and friends, and of course Paul, at this difficult time.
Once a Miller, always a Miller.