Obituary - Brian Nicholas Lewis
Thursday 1st September 2011

People are paying tribute to former Northern CC President and Captain, Brian Nicholas Lewis, who died on Monday after a long illness. He was 67.

Mike Bishop, himself a former President of Northern CC, pays his own tribute to Brian:

"Brian, a Northern legend, joined the club in 1964 after education at Rydal School. He captained the first eleven from 1978 to 1980 and was responsible for bringing to the club one of Northern's finest ever players, Colin Lever, who promptly succeeded him as Captain.

"Brian was President of the club in its 125th anniversary year of 1984 and chaired the development committee in the late eighties following the sale of the former Waterloo Park ground which saw the on site facilities at Moor Park improved to include three cricket grounds and an artificial hockey pitch.

"He was Captain of Formby Golf Club (2005-2006) and an active follower of both Waterloo Rugby Club and the Liverpool Ramblers AFC as well as being a member of the MCC.

"Whilst his health had not been good for some time, it has still come as a great shock to his many friends that he is no longer with us. A genuine gentleman, without doubt one of the old school. He will be sadly missed by his many friends at Northern and around the Competition.

"It seems somewhat appropriate that this week Northern play host to Colwyn Bay where he also had many connections, in a match that he would always make every effort to attend."

Alan Price remembers a former primary school friend and team mate at Colwyn Bay.

"Brian was brought up in North Wales after his family had moved there to avoid the bombing in Liverpool during the Second World War. After primary school, he was educated at Rydal School and as cricket was in his blood, his father Edward ('Ted') had played for Sefton, he went on to play at Colwyn Bay CC until the sixties.

"'Ted' had been instrumental in the creation of Colwyn Bay's Cricket Festivals after the War whereby he brought teams of international players from the Lancashire and Central Lancashire Leagues to Penrhyn Avenue to play the club's side.

Even after he left for Northern, Brian remained a member of Colwyn Bay's touring side, the Squirrels. Alan continues: "On an evening of one particular tour, four of us had stayed out late to take in the local sights whilst Brian had decided to have an early night. When we got back to the hotel the door was locked. We banged on the front door but unknown to us, Brian's room was over the door and we had woken him up. He opened his window and drenched us with a bowl of water.

"It was the days that you left your shoes in the corridor at night to be polished and we saw his size 14 Chelsea Boots outside his door so took them downstairs and filled them with a variety of alcohol from the bar, vegetable oil, grease, fat and other things from the kitchen, and then replaced his boots outside his door. He soon realised the error of his ways the following morning."

Eric Hadfield, former playing colleague, friend and now President of the Liverpool Competition stated:

"We are sorry to lose Brian. It was through him that I went to play at Northern from St Helens Recs. It was as a result of his timber business that Brian was able to supply the wood for Northern's early 'wheel on' covers. Whilst I designed them and Brian supplied the wood, I didn't take into consideration their weight, We needed an army to move them."

Brian played for Warwickshire 2nd XI in the sixties and went on to represent the Staffordshire Gentlemen and the MCC during his playing career.

He was also a member of Northern Nomads CC and the club's President, Richard McCullagh pays tribute to him with:

"I knew Brian had been ill but am still shocked by the news of his death, he was a lovely man. He was a talented cricketer, a great right arm fast medium bowler who could swing the ball and an attacking left hand batsman. He was a good fielder, a great captain and a generous opponent. I never met anyone who had a bad word to say against him, I just wish there were more like him. He will be much missed and my every memory of him will be a happy one."

Whilst Nomad's secretary, Steve Gardner described Brian as "a relaxed and laid back cricketer and it was always a great pleasure to play with and against him."

Friends and colleagues send their condolences through this website to Brian's family and Northern Cricket Club.

Brian's private cremation will be followed by a service to commemorate his life at St Michael's Church, Blundellsands on Wednesday 7th September 2011 at 1:30pm. This will be followed by a gathering at Formby Golf Club.

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