We are sorry to learn that Harry Kartz, Villa's Chairman from 1978 to 1980, has died at the age of 102.
Harry was at the helm at Villa Park at the start of the 1980/81 season, and although he stepped down when Ron Bendall took over in October, he was the Club's vice-chairman when we won both the League Championship and the European Cup.
Born in Hockley on October 26, 1913, Harry served as a front gunner on Wellington bombers during the Second World War.
In December 1968 he joined forces with Doug Ellis, Harry Parkes and Bob Mackay to form a new Villa Board, on which he served until 1983.
He remained devoted to the Club, and was invited as a guest following his 100th birthday in 2013 - on the day Prince William was also at Villa Park for the match against Sunderland.
Harry subsequently featured in a TV documentary about people who were still driving at the age of 100.
At the time, he was still driving every day from his Solihull home to the town centre.
Our condolences go to his sons John and Graham, plus his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.