Looking back, sport always played a big part in Jim's life, from his early days at the local Littlehampton Boys School , where he was head boy and captain of the cricket team through to his time in the Air Force when he was a very fine goal keeper (which probably helped his later expertise as an excellent first slip). However, cricket was his primary love and we would often discuss and remember the 'old days' in the 'original' pavilion at St Floras Road and the people involved then. In fact Jim brought me into the club and I remember keeping wicket for the second eleven, leaping around like a mad thing in an attempt to stop the odd (well a lot actually) wild delivery from Guy Smithers - our best 'quickie' of the time - going for four byes down the leg side! I was fourteen at the time (around 1960) and in those days you had to know your place and mind your 'Ps and Qs' amongst the older, long standing members -quite right to! At those times, Jim was always my mentor, my hero if you like, and nothing really changed over the years. He was always there to offer help and support, as he was for other young guys coming through the club. Back then he was my 'Big Brother' and I always looked up to him and guess over the years that never really changed.
Maybe my only regret is that we never got to play a round of golf together, that's my game now, even more frustrating than cricket - and I might even have won and got a pint out of the bugger! I will miss him.