Hampshire Cricket History


Goodbye Jimmy
November 24, 2016, 6:06 pm
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Just back from Jimmy Gray’s funeral at the Southampton Crematorium, and the ‘do’ afterwards, along the road at the Golf Club. It was a very nice occasion. I’ve been to four Hampshire cricket funerals this year and eight funerals in all and Jimmy’s had the best music – I had no idea he was a jazz fan but we had recordings of Oscar Peterson “Every Time We Say Goodbye”, Harry Conick “Goodnight My Love” and trumpeter Roy Eldridge “Willow Weep for Me” – perfect. At the reception there were just too many scrapbooks and photo albums for me to see them all – quite delightful.

Among the players in attendance, Tim Tremlett gave a fine¬†tribute, and also there was Denis Baldry, Keith Wheatley, Alan Rayment, Alan Castell, Bryan Timms and Peter Haslop, all of whom played with Jimmy – plus young ‘Shack’, come to pay tribute to ‘Uncle Jimmy’. Others who worked with Jimmy in his later days as Chairman of Cricket were Kevan James, Rupert Cox and Mike Taylor.

Cheers Jimmy – thank you for great memories!

PS I liked this photo – Jimmy in his Arsenal days

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