The funeral arrangements are now made following the tragic passing of Scott McHugh on Friday morning at the age of 47.
The service will be on Wednesday 19th August, 11.50am at Rochdale Crematorium followed by a reception at Heywood CC.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions only 22 people are permitted inside the Chapel but it will be relayed via speakers outside where there is ample space to safely congregate.
Scott had been a junior player at Crimble before progressing into senior cricket which he balanced with University life after he left Bury Grammar School. A talented left hand bat, Scott played some fine innings for the 1st team at a time when the club was in difficulties and his innings away at Radcliffe and battles with Deon Kruis and Robert Kennedy will remain as fond anecdotes for his former teammates.
His time in 2nd XI cricket was probably Scott’s fondest, playing alongside great friends and helping to nurture future talent whilst enjoying the balance of good cricket and good company.
A journalist by trade, Scott moved over to Hull with work and would finish his playing days there before returning to the club with a new lease of life in his numerous voluntary roles at Heywood.
He set up the website and passionately updated it with match reports and good news stories of club life, often supplemented with wonderful photos he took himself as he developed an interest in his camera. His reporting of the NatWest CricketForce event in 2012 was remarkable, and his passion in the build up to the event helped make it the success that it became. The website was, and will remain, a source of great pride for the club.
His perceptive and often humorous match reports on the website and in the Heywood Advertiser were often the highlight of the week for players and supporters and few were spared Scott’s sharp wit over the years.
He also volunteered as a junior coach for a time and served on the committee to support the development of the club, giving back to something that he felt had given him so much.
More latterly he had moved over to the Hebden Bridge area with Diane and was involved in crown green bowls and retained his passion for cricket and real ale. Despite the geography he remained fiercely passionate about Heywood CC, the club his grandfather had also served with such distinction and where his much loved parents Steve and Anne remain part of the fabric of club life.
As well as Diane, Steve and Anne, Scott also leaves behind his sister Lynsey, her husband Greg and their daughter Lucy to whom Scott was a loving Uncle. The condolences of all of us at Heywood go to each of them.
Scott will be sadly missed by all that knew him and race trips, conversations about the merits of the England side and time on the patio will be poorer for his absence.
Had Scott described his life in one of his match reports he might have reflected that it was akin to some of his batting. There were many great moments, it was sometimes unorthodox but it was always a pleasure for teammates and friends to share in and there would be a self-deprecating smile on his face as he fell just short of 50.
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