Tributes have been paid to Peter Rawlinson, president of Halstead Cricket Club since 1995, who has died after a short illness.
He was a club member for almost 50 years, joining Halstead in the mid-1960s from Castle Hedingham.
He first joined the committee as treasurer in 1969, was a popular second XI captain for several years in the 1970s and early 80s, and became chairman in 1982 — a position he held until 1990.
He succeeded John Reynolds as president in 1995.
Halstead’s club press officer Callum Hansey said: “He has been a tremendous ambassador for the club. His presence at Star Stile will be sorely missed.”
He had just completed his term of office as president of the Gents of Essex C C.
There will be a private family funeral before Christmas. A memorial service, which all are welcome to attend, will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Halstead on Tuesday, December 30 at 11am.
The club is also mourning the death of Eric Rose, father and grandfather of players at the club, who also died the same day, Sunday, December 7. His funeral is at the Three Counties crematorium, High Garrett, at 11am today.
Writing on the club website, son Justin said: “Just like to say thanks to everyone for the kind messages and words since dad’s passing. It has given us all a great lift in this difficult time.”
Son Andy said that after the funeral everyone would go to the King’s Head, Gosfield to give ‘the great man the send off he deserves.”