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RICHARD GREENWOOD

04-Jun-2014

Richard Greenwood MBE DL, President of the Sussex Cricket in the Community Trust (SCCT), died on 29 May 2014, at the age of 88, after a long illness.

Richard became involved with the then Sussex Young Cricketers Educational Trust in 1989 and was thus celebrating his 25 years’ involvement with the charity.

The pinnacle of Richard’s achievement for Sussex Cricket was as Chairman of the Trust in the late 1990s, when the charity raised £500,000 to create its Academy Ground at Blackstone. This is now a hugely admired and, indeed, unique facility, where all home County Youth matches are played. The clocks on the roof of the pavilion provide a lasting memory of him.

His involvement in that project and in the continuing successes of the charity was immensely influential, right until his death. His overwhelming passion was to help to provide the best possible facilities and opportunities for young people to participate in cricket and other sports, irrespective of their background or ability.

Richard was very proud to have been elected as a Vice President of Sussex County Cricket Club and was also President of his local club, Balcombe CC, from 1966 until his death (48 years).

Richard was also deeply involved in other sporting bodies, not least the Tennis & Rackets Club, of which he became Honorary Secretary in 1963, culminating in the Presidency from 2004 to 2011.

Richard Greenwood was a truly brilliant man, with wisdom, charm, courtesy, wit and generosity in abundance.

I am deeply sorry to have lost a wonderful friend and colleague.

David Bowden
[SCCC Board Director and SCCT Trustee]

There will be a service to celebrate Richard's life at St. Mary's Church, Balcombe on Thursday July 3rd at 3pm following a private cremation.

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