“We lose a man we all looked up to”
Cecil's funeral took place on Friday, February 8th at West Berkshire Crematorium, Bath Road, Thatcham. As you would expect for such a popular figure, there was a very large turn out with every seat taken and many people standing.
Donations can still be made to The Berkshire Cricket Community Foundation and/or The British Heart Foundation.
It is with great sadness we announce that Cecil Fright has died at the age of 85.
He had been associated with Berkshire Cricket for many years and was one of only four honorary life members, having been elected in 2011.
His roles included treasurer 1989-2001, vice chairman 2001-2004 and then chairman from 2004-2014.
He also played for the county's Over 50s team, helping them to win the NCA 50+ county championship in 1987.
He was a very popular and much-respected figure on the Minor Counties Cricket circuit, following Berkshire home and away right up to last season.
Berkshire chairman Neil Doody commented: "A sad day for us all when Cecil took his final steps to the pavilion in heaven on Thursday. A true stalwart of cricket, he gave his all as player, umpire and official. His service to our county as treasurer, vice chairman then chairman spanned 25 years. His efforts after a long playing career in Kent then Berkshire were the classic "putting everything back into the game he loved". An enduring quality to his crcket service was that whatever task or action he agreed to take on, he always actually did what was required to conclusion. Cecil - now rest - you will be sorely missed by us all.
Berkshire performance manager Tom Lambert: A sad day for Berkshire cricket as we lose a man we’ve all looked up to and played for many years. Thank you for the support you’ve shown the boys. Thank you for the support you gave to me and my family since Jack was born. I’ll never forget that. Rest well with Jill mate [/i]x
Skipper James Morris: A fantastic supporter of our county. We'll miss him terribly and all the boys' thoughts are with his family.
Cecil was also closely connected to Purley on Thames Cricket Club for many years, his latest position being that of their president.
Purley CC stated on their website that Cecil first played for the club in 1977/78 and has been a highly supportive member, player and club president for many years. For many years, Cecil was the Goosecroft Ground manager and almost entirely responsible for the establishment of the pitches (cricket and football) as the excellent facilities they are, through his hard work and dedication. Our thoughts are with Cecil's family and friends at this very sad time.
Away from cricket, he was a big supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
It is understood that Cecil had not been well in recent weeks and died on Thursday, January 17th.
We send our sincere condolences to Cecil's family and friends at this very sad time.
We will post more details when we have them.
Thanks to Angela Davison for the photograph of Cecil which she took last season.
Updated 09:53 - 9 Feb 2019 by Dave Wright