SAD NEWS – Death of CCC President Gareth Davies

All members and friends of Christleton CC have been deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of our esteemed club President, Mr Gareth Davies.

Gareth was a staunch and proud South Walian, always hugely proud of the culture of his native roots: family, language, chapel and rugby. A teacher by profession, Gareth commanded respect, demanding the highest of standards. Many times over the years, various club members have been asked, ‘Is that Mr Davies?’ a confirmation prompting the visiting former pupil to provide recollections of Gareth in his pomp, such stories being told with real warmth and gratitude.

At our club, he leaves a legacy of over 50 years of committed involvement. Older members remember him as a doughty opening batsman plying his trade on the old ground. Many more will remember him as our club umpire, with a spare mint in his pocket at square leg and telling players in every game, ‘That’s 17 overs in the first hour gentlemen- well done.’ Sometimes there were more than 17 overs to Gareth’s delight, but disapproving looks followed if you were slow. Games ran smoothly.

More recently, Gareth has filled the roles of club Chairman and club President with skill and commitment, both for over 10 years. He was honoured to be ‘Mr President’ but really the honour was ours. Gareth was a true one club man, and his thoughts were never far from the club.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Gareth’s sons Owain and Huw, and to their wider families. All at Christleton have benefitted in many ways from Gareth’s contribution to our club and he will be remembered with the greatest affection.