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Tom Meneer Funeral Details

18th July 2019 Posted in County Club and League and People by Michael Weeks

It is with great sadness Cornwall Cricket reports the death of Tom Meneer.

He died in hospital on 15 July after a short illness, at the age of 93.

 

Funeral Details

Tuesday 30 July at Penmount Crematorium, Truro at 11.00am

The wake is at Falmouth Cricket Club.

There will be a minute’s silence at the Dawe Insurance Andrew Cup Final later that evening.

Tom’s family firm has sponsored the competition for decades after a request from the late organiser WH ‘Bunny’ Williams.

 

Tommy was one of the great characters in the Cornish game and widely regarded as Falmouth’s ‘Mr Cricket’.

In 2017  he celebrated sixty years with the club at Trescobeas. That season began with Falmouth playing a friendly at Pencarrow, where Tom began his cricket as a boy.

After a spell in the RAF, he joined Wadebridge CC and made six appearances for Cornwall, a left-handed batsman and slow bowler.

He moved to Falmouth to start his insurance business in 1956. At the Cricket Club, he served in various roles including groundsman and club secretary. He went on to become the Club President and an Honorary Life Member.

He also served Cornwall County Cricket Club with distinction as Honorary Secretary between 1978 and 1991, attending many meetings at Lord’s with the late Devon Secretary Geoff Evans. He received the club’s Arthur Lugg Cup for outstanding services in both 1982 and 1989 and was also made a Life Member of the club.

Three County Secretaries – Father Ken Rogers , Anita George MBE & Tom Meneer in 2004.

His sons David and Keith, also a former county player, have also been great club stalwarts at Falmouth. The family firm, LP Dawe, have been long term sponsors of the popular Andrew Cup Knock Out competition.

Tom was also honoured by the Cornwall Cricket League in 1992 by being elected as a Vice-President.

Any visit to Falmouth has always been made more pleasurable with some banter with Tom.  It goes without saying that his latest joke book always got a good airing!

Tom Meneer & Sean Hooper at Falmouth 2010

 

Former Western Morning News journalist and CACG secretary Robert Jobson has reflected:
“Tom started his club career at Pencarrow, moved to Wadebridge, where as a young man he helped to dig out and lay the square, and then on to Falmouth, where he has been a familiar face and voice at Trescobeas for over 60 years.
A gritty left handed opening batsman and artful slow left arm bowler for Falmouth and Cornwall, his career spanned the eras of Noel and Ralph Dorning, Roger Hosen,  Nick Barrington and in the 1970’s his young slow bowling partner David Toseland.
He spent many thousands of hours working on the ground at Trescobeas and putting on hundreds, if not thousands of games, not just for Falmouth CC but the Wayfarers, other local teams and the Cornish Choughs for whom he regularly appeared.
 As secretary of Cornwall County Cricket Club, he liked to hire the Falmouth Packet’s tiny caravan with its tannoy to make his public announcements: a man who always looked on the bright side, with a fund of tales which he never tired of repeating.”

 


On learning of his passing Cornwall Cricket League Secretary Mark Mitchell, who was the County Club scorer for many years serving with Tom, said

“So sad to hear of Tommy’s passing.  He was one of the great servants and characters of Cornish cricket for the second half of the last century, and more.  Tommy was enthusiastic for cricket and everyone in the game, right to the end.  I have been in cricket administration for over forty years and I will never forget how he helped and encouraged me to become involved when I was a teenager.  He was not from my own club, but that didn’t matter to Tom, we were all “his boys”.  Thank you, Tommy, and I hope there’s “Grouse” where you’re going now!”

Thoughts that will be echoed right across the Cornish Cricket community.

Thanks for the memories.

RIP Tom

Michael Weeks

Cornwall Cricket Media Officer

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