TONY CAWDRY, who died at the weekend, was one of the best-known figures in Yorkshire cricketing circles.
Mr Cawdry, of Elland, was the longest-serving committee member at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
But after serving the members for 30 years he was not intending to stand again at next Saturday's AGM.
He had been bravely fighting illness for some time, but sadly lost his battle, aged 74, almost three weeks after being made an honorary life member of the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League.
During his working life, Mr Cawdry was a senior claims officer with the Royal Insurance Company, but cricket was his real love in life.
He joined the general committee at Yorkshire in 1975 as a representative for the Halifax District. When the committee was reshuffled and reduced he represented the West district, alongside Holmfirth businessman Bob Platt and Philip Ackroyd.
During the 30-year span at Headingley Mr Platt and Mr Cawdry became close friends. It was the former, as president of the Drakes Huddersfield League, who, along with league chairman Roger France and executive secretary Paul Whiteley, entertained Mr Cawdry at the beginning of March, when he was made a life member.
Despite his illness, his love for Yorkshire and league cricket never wavered. He was still regularly seen at grounds in the Huddersfield, Halifax and Central Yorkshire leagues.
Mr Platt said: "The game has lost a great supporter and I have lost a dear friend."