Obituary - Phillip David Evans
Thursday 3rd January 2019

We're very sorry to announce that Chester Boughton Hall's Phillip David Evans passed away in the early hours of this morning.

There are few people associated with the Club unaware of Phill's love for all things Chester Boughton Hall.

In recent years, Phill held many formal – and informal – posts at Chester, immersed in football and cricket throughout the respective seasons. Living on the ground since its redevelopment in 2002, Phill was a constant presence in the Clubhouse.

Born in Wellington, Shropshire in 1956 to Frank and Barbara Evans, Phill, his brother Chris and father spent their working lives at British Telecom with Phill taking retirement in 2013.

The family's move to Chester saw Phill arrive to explore the local cricket and football scene.

It didn't take long for him to become actively involved. He captained Christleton CC's 1st XI and played football for Chester Nomads. His leadership qualities eventually saw him manage Nomads' Sunday morning football team.

He switched his cricketing allegiance to Chester Boughton Hall, captaining the 3rd and 4th XIs as well as leading the midweek Nomads side. In later years he returned to help manage the 4th XI and he was an active and key club member behind the scenes throughout.

His roles included Cricket Chairman for nine years until 2004 and he took on the role of Bar Chairman when the new clubhouse was built in 2002. Phill was also a director of Chester Boughton Hall Limited for many years and remained actively involved in club administration after falling ill.

Phill passed away, finally losing his battle to illness after two and a half years. He fought valiantly, exceeding life expectations, his immersion in sport helping him enjoy his latter years. He continued to follow local and national action avidly, watching Chester FC when possible.

Phill's legacy at Boughton Hall lives on through his sons Tom and Bobby and through the twinkling eyes of his granddaughter Scarlett, born to Bobby and Sophie in 2015.

We know he’ll continue to keep a keen eye on our performances from afar as his enthusiasm will live on through the spirit of the Club.

Colleagues and friends offer their sincerest condolences to Phill's family.

There will be a celebration of Phill's life at Guilden Sutton Church (CH3 7EW) at 10:45am on Friday January 25th, followed by a service at Chester Crematorium, Blacon (CH1 5BB) at 12:00 noon. Friends are then invited to Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club (CH3 5EL) to 'give Phill a proper send off'.

Tom and Bobby have requested that:- "There are to be no black ties. Please sport colourful cricket and football colours to celebrate Dad's life."

Family flowers only.

Donations may be made to McMillan Nurses and Ward 48 at the Countess of Chester Hospital.