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Some of you may recall that with the 100th Birthday of Neil McCorkell, I speculated on whether Harry Downer might be next in line. I wrote (below)
Harry Rodney Downer from Southampton was making his first-class debut v Middlesex at Lord’s but was dismissed twice by Etherington for just 1 & 4. He would play only one more match later that year against Gloucestershire where he made 0 & 3 (run out). And that was that for Harry in first-class cricket but as far as we know he is still alive and having been born on 15 October 1915 he is 96.
This Blog post was spotted by his daughter Sarah Downer who replied:
My father, Harry Downer passed away in Montreal Quebec Canada in March 1980; he was 64 years old.
I don’t think any cricket folk knew this. There is no information on Cricket Archive and I cannot recall seeing an obituary. So I replied to Sarah and she sent this further information:
Hello and thank you for your very kind reply. My parents arrived in Canada in 1952 and Father continued to play cricket and field hockey with amateur teams in Montreal. He had a very successful career in the optical business but sadly heart disease led to an early death. He is survived by my mother, Patricia who will be 90 this year and my brother Michael.
With best regards, Sarah (proud daughter)
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