Tributes have been pouring in to the president of Berkhamsted Cricket Club after he passed away last Monday.
Norman Warren, 87, played the sport for more than 60 years and captained numerous teams for the club as well as being its scorer in his later years.
Chairman Julian Dent said: “He basically did everything in the club and was the heart of the club for many years. We will never see someone like him again.”
Norman was married to Peggy and they lived in The Meads, Northchurch. Daughter Linda Lowther said: “He was married to my mum for 64 years and used to still hold her hand at the end.”
The pair had two children – Sandra Gower and Linda, and grandson Matthew Simmons, 29. Sandra’s husband Peter played cricket with Norman.
Fellow cricketer Dennis Atkins, 82, said: “Norman started cricket in about 1945 or 46 as soon as he came out of the forces. He was still playing cricket four or five years ago. He played for Berkhamsted for well over 60 years.”
Norman was an engineer for the Royal Navy in the Second World War, and played for Northchurch Football Club for a few years afterwards.
Dennis said: “I do not know anyone who didn’t love Norman. He was a very special man.”
Norman was also a member of the Berkhamsted Lions.
Sandra Gower said: “He was the best. He was fun and our friend and adviser. We always needed him and he was much-loved.
“He was very strong and dependable and a very team- and sports-orientated person, so he was very fair and unselfish. They called him Mr Berkhamsted.”
His funeral will be at the Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham at 11am on Monday.