It is very sad to report the death of the popular and respected former umpire Conway Polkinghorne.
One of the great characters in our local game.
Formerly from Redruth, he died on Wednesday 23 January at St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle at the age of 83.
He leaves a twin son and daughter Tim & Karen.
After playing cricket for Southgate he joined the Cornwall Association of Cricket Umpires panel in 1980 and served for 29 seasons before his retirement in 2008.
He officiated in well over 1000 games, many with his friend and colleague former Redruth groundsman Bryan Riddle.
In recognition of his service, he was elected a League Vice-President in January 2009.
As well as being a regular Cornwall League Umpire, he also officiated at many evening and youth games.
If you needed an umpire Conway would never let you down and was always ready with an amusing story.
On learning of his death, Cornwall Cricket League Secretary Mark Mitchell has said “he was on the Cornwall Youth Cricket Festival Committee as the umpires’ organiser for several years. I did the first couple of years, then he took over, eventually to be followed by John Thompson, and now John Molden. He was a popular figure at the Festival and St Gluvias CC itself.”
He also umpired many games for the Cornwall Schools’ Cricket Association.
As well as touring South Africa a highlight was in February 1998 when Cornwall Under 17s took a squad of 22 players, officials and supporters to New Zealand under the management of Tony Pollard, Terry Barker and Peter Grant. Conway and Dave Martin (CRFU) umpired
Also, he once completed a personal project visiting every ground in the county and taking photographs of each pavilion.
In rugby, Conway played for Lanner and full back for Redruth RFC. He and Paul Bawden became involved too in running Ormdales RFC at Treleigh.
He is the second Cornwall Cricket League League Vice-President to pass away in the space of three months following the death of Geoff Mannell of Grampound Road in October aged 85.
The funeral service will be at the Camborne Crematorium, Treswithian on Friday 15th February 2019 at 4 pm
On the announcement of his death, numerous warm tributes flooded in record numbers to our social media platforms such as a selection below.
Great company and a tremendous character- sorry to hear this news
— Cornish Cricket Co (@cornishcricket) January 25, 2019
So sad..the white coat was never in better hands!!
— Andrew Jones (@JonahCornwall) January 25, 2019
Such sad news our deepest sympathies to family but was a great character and will be sadly missed.
— St Just Cricket Club (@stjustcc) January 26, 2019
— Tim Marrion (@TMarrion) January 26, 2019
@CornwallCricket very sad to hear of Conway passing away. I was daft enough to tell him at square leg I’d never bowled a no ball. Next over he no balled me and said “you have now” whilst grinning
— Mike Hoban (@MhHoban) January 26, 2019
Sad news, what a great man on and off the field.
— Carl Gazzard (@CarlGazzard) January 26, 2019
Our condolences to his family, a lovely man and great character. When you knew he’d be umpiring you’d look forward to the game even more. RIP
— Wadebridge CC 🏏 (@wadebridge_cc) January 26, 2019
Terrible shame, always enjoyed games with him and Riddler, umpired the game fairly and with humour, as it should be!
— Graham Trenwith (@GrahamTrenwith) January 26, 2019
So sorry to hear of passing of Conway Polkinghorne. Well respected League Umpire and one of the great larger than life Cornish Characters. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Troon Cricket Club (@Trooncricket) January 26, 2019
my first mens rugby at 17 was with conway and mike buzza at centre for Lanner. Many years later umpired with him, never any different. legend
— David May (@May1Daisy) January 26, 2019
RIP Conway- Thanks for the memories