John, known as ‘Beryl’ to his close friends, joined Horsham Cricket Club in the twilight of his playing career, having been a more than useful wicket-keeper with Letchworth CC and Eastbourne CC, his self-styled nickname of ‘Lord Byes’ telling nothing of how good he really was.
During his time with Horsham, John was elected treasurer from 1995 to 1999, and in 2000 he became chairman, a post he filled until 2006.
His enthusiasm and infectious humour will be much missed by all who knew him, and to say that the cricket world has lost a true character would be an understatement.
It was a pleasure and honour to have known such a genuinely nice person and we at Horsham CC will all sadly miss him, but hold fondly to his memory.
Chairman, Horsham Cricket Club, Cricketfield Road, Horsham