HEYWOOD Cricket Club is mourning the passing of one of its best-known members.
George Kitchen has died at the age of 77. He was one of a well-known pair of brothers at Crimble, his brother Joe being the club’s top-all-time leading wicket-taker until his mark was overtaken by current president Bob Cross.
George’s main cricket interest lay in umpiring. In past years he often officiated in junior games at Crimble, encouraging the young talent to make their way through the age groups and some into the senior side.
He went on to become an umpire in the Central Lancashire League, and as such became a familiar face on the local cricket scene.
George is survived by his wife Marjorie plus sons Michael, himself a former Heywood first-teamer, and David.
His funeral is at 1.40pm at Rochdale Crematorium on Friday (April 1) followed by the wake at Heywood Cricket Club.
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