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Somerset mourn the loss of Brian Daw

Somerset County Cricket Club is mourning the sad loss of Brian Daw, who passed away at home on Wednesday March 6th at the age of 66.

Brian was born at Musgrove Park Hospital and was a lifelong supporter of Somerset Cricket and passionate about the Club.

He attended Richard Huish Grammar School and, on leaving, joined South West Electricity Board where he worked for over 30 years. Brian was always interested in numbers and early on in his time with the company he trained to be an accountant at Newport College in South Wales.

During his time with SWEB Brian worked in Plymouth, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton, and it was when he moved to the latter that he met his wife Sally, who he married in May 1981.

Away from work Brian was a county-standard badminton player and he was on the committee of the Somerset County Badminton Association for a number of years. He also served as their treasurer. He was also a more than useful golfer and played regularly at Taunton Vale Golf Club up until it closed in 2014.

Since 2009 Brian ran his own snooker ‘club’ at home, running several different competitions and leagues with a group of approximately 12 of his friends on a very friendly and social basis -although they did play for many cups, so it was competitive at times!

In 2002, at the age of 49, Brian took early retirement and from that time he started to become increasingly involved with the Taunton Area Committee of Somerset County Cricket Club.

For the last ten years Brian had been the representative of the Taunton Area Committee on the General Committee. He took his duties very seriously and his comments were always well presented and his views well respected.

Brian was a willing volunteer when needed and served on the Club sub-committee, which oversaw the financing of the Somerset Pavilion. In addition to this he was also Secretary of the Harry Burden Trust for many years until he handed it over as a result of his deteriorating health.

Brian also served as the secretary for Keith Parsons Benefit Year committee in 2004.

One of the highlights while Brian was on the SCCC General Committee was meeting and arranging a two-day timetable for Sir Garfield Sobers, a lifelong hero of his, during his time in Taunton as a representative of the Barbados Tourist Board.

Former SCCC President Roy Kerslake, who knew Brian well and worked alongside him while he was a member of the General Committee, said: “Brian was a fine ambassador for the Club. For many years he and his wife Sally rarely missed a day of any home game and until last summer they attended the majority of the Club’s away Championship and 50-over matches.

“He was very popular with opposition committees. He was also popular with Members, for whom he always had time for a chat and took on board their comments.
“Brian was a kind and considerate man – one of nature’s true gentlemen – who will be sadly missed by everyone at the Club who knew him. Our thoughts go out to Sally and all his family.”

SCCC Chairman, Charles Clark said: “I worked with Brian on the Committee for the best part of ten years and during that time he was invariably helpful, being a fountain of knowledge. He was also frequently evident in the Committee Room with his iPad studying the Somerset statistics.

“Brian believed in collective responsibility and was always loyal to the Club and its ambitions. I enjoyed working with him and once conducted a charity auction on behalf of the Club, where we both delighted in selling Matt Renshaw a slice of cake for £80!

“It was typical of Brian to be involved in such events and to put himself out on behalf of others. We shall all miss him, his well considered opinions and his friendly smile very much indeed, and our thoughts are with Sally.”

The funeral for Brian will be taking place at Taunton Crematorium on Thursday March 21st at 10am and afterwards at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

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