It is with great sadness and regret that we inform Members that Jim Crabtree, former player, 1st XI Captain and Chairman passed away at home on Saturday 20th February after a long fight against cancer. Chrissie, Will and Sam were with him at the time. Jim was just 67.
Jim’s service to Byfleet CC over 36 years was immense and he maintained contact with the Club until the end. He and Chrissie joined the Club in 1985 and after retiring from a successful playing career in 1998, he became Chairman. Jim’s strong personality, perseverance and straightforward approach coupled with enviable leadership abilities led the Club through a highly successful period both on and off the pitch. He was determined, along with Andy Savage, to improve the Club facilities and led the project from start to finish. Despite numerous setbacks, frustrations and hold-ups it eventually resulted in the newly refurbished Clubhouse opening in April 2019. Unfortunately his illness prevented him from attending but the Club honoured his long association with the Club by making him only our 4th Life Member. His loyalty, drive and dedication made Byfleet CC what it is today and his legacy will be with us for many years to come.
The Club extends our deepest condolences to Chrissie, Will & Sam on their loss and the Committee will propose a suitable commemoration in due course. RIP