Sat 11th August: We have just received the very sad news that Jim Heath passed away this morning. Jim has suffered with cancer for a few years now, but, typically, he never allowed this to prevent him from continuing to be a stalwart of the club in all sorts of ways. He has served as fixture secretary for the past few seasons, being instrumental in reviving Sunday friendly cricket at the club. More importantly than this, Jim has been a vital pillar of our junior section for years. Like most of those who run our junior cricket at the club , he got involved when his son Jack first joined as an Under 10 player. He qualified as an ECB coach and managed and coached junior players ever since. Even right up until a few weeks ago Jim was organising practice sessions and running re-arranged matches for his Under 15s group which had fallen foul of this season’s terrible weather. Because he never spoke about his illness and refused to let it dominate his life, many members I have spoken to were completely unaware of his condition. The photo shown here was taken earlier this season when Jim was turning out for the 4th XI.
Jim on his European football travels
As well as cricket, another of Jim’s passions was following the Wolves. He has written numerous articles for various journals and national newspapers. In 2011 he wrote a book about the history of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Click here to read a tribute from “wolvesheroes.com” and also herefor one on “Molineuxmix” . You will see that everyone he knew, has the same high regard for him as we do. Although Jim was taken from us early, he packed more into the time he had than most people!
Jim at the Oval in 2010
As a member of our club he will be badly missed. As a friend he will be missed even more by all those who knew him. We are all thinking of Christine, Jack and Nicole. A minute’s silence in his memory will be observed before the start of all today’s matches.
The funeral is at 2:00 pm on Wednesday 22nd August at Telford Crematorium and afterwards at the club. I understand that Jim left some specific requests about the funeral. He would like it to be fairly informal and not too sombre, and that includes dress. Members are encouraged to wear their club shirts and fellow coaches their green coach’s shirts. Anyone who has a Wolves flag or suchlike to hang up in the club, please get in touch. Any donations will be split between Severn Hospice and St.Georges Cricket Club.
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This tribute appeared in the Wolves match programme on Tuesday 21st August. (Jim will have been pleased that they won!)
More Internet Tributes to Jim …..
Donations to St Georges Cricket Club and Severn Hospice
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