Post by Administrator on Oct 15, 2007 15:00:52 GMT
Some of you may not have heard of the sad passing of Gerald Howat after a short illness. Gerald was for many years the bastion and stalwart of the Moreton Cricket Club. He played, organised and chaired the MCC and was an integral part of the club playing as wicket keeper even as recently as a year ago. Gerald's health deteriorated quickly after a stroke and his absence from the cricket pitch has been sorely noticed. Gerald was one of the last of the old-school of North-Moretonians. He survived the changes of the twentieth century and well into the twenty-first, documenting many of them in his role as a historian and being a part of them as well. I am told that his grave will be marked by a set of cricket stumps, this is a fitting memorial to a dyed-in-the-wool cricketer. I am sure that all of us feel that he will be missed. Gerald's funeral is on Friday the 19th at 10.
I was a pupil at Lord Williams's School in Thame, and had the honour of being taught 'A' level history by Gerald Howat. As a non playing cricketer I was asked by him to be the 1st XI team scorer, for which he awarded me a 'Captains' school tie. My father Ron Brown (who also passed away this year) played in the same North Moreton team as Gerald Howat during the mid 1970's.