“He played for Elsies River cricket club and was a prolific left-arm swing bowler who also batted well in the middle order. Koetie Neethling was his mentor and hero while he was a cricketer. He umpired for a good ten years at club level up to Premier League. He then became president of the WP Umpires Association and served on the WPCA’s board and the executive.
“He was also head master of the Strandfontein Primary School who graduated with a Masters’ degree in Afrikaans Nederlands. He also wrote poems. He was a people’s person and very generous.
“At club level it was important for him to build up communication with players,” recalled Barnes.
“He was a Jack of all trades – a fantastic educator, good sportsman and excellent administrator,” Barnes added.
“Western Province has lost a versatile servant of the game, whose passion for education, cricket and genuine tender loving care for his fellow cricketers transcended everything. He will be sorely missed. We wish to express our sincere condolences to his family, close friends and former colleagues,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA.
“The Western Province cricketing family has lost one of their finest citizens. He has left behind a great legacy and we mourn his passing,” said Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA.
Funeral arrangements will be released later.