Many of our club’s older campaigners will be sorry to hear of the passing of an umpire who stood at our Kensham Road headquarters in matches between the clubs over the years. Plymouth Cricket Club Umpire John Philp collapsed and died while on a bird-watching holiday in the Himalaya Mountains, according to Plymouth Cricket Club.
Chairman Ken Wheaton said members had few details about what had happened to Mr Philip who was 70 and lived at Mount Gould. Mr Wheaton said news of Mr Philp’s death had come as a shock to the club, based at Plymouth Sports Club off Outland Road.
‘We are going to talk to John’s solicitor to find out exactly what happened. It’s not clear whether his body is going to be brought home. I would hope so, as we’d like to give him a good send-off.’
Mr Wheaton said Mr Philp was a private man, and added:
‘He had a lot of friends, but didn’t often talk about himself. All we know is that he was on a bird-watching holiday in India, and he collapsed.’
Mr Philp had umpired for the club for nearly three decades, and had played for Plymouth before that.
Another club member said:
‘John was in his 70s, but he was really fit. He is going to be a sad loss to the club.’