Tributes have been paid to a “committed” Carlisle cricketing hero who has died at the age of 89.
Carlisle Cricket Club said it was “extremely sad” to announce the death of Bob Maxwell, who died peacefully at home on Monday with his family by his side.
A statement from Mark Davidson, honorary secretary at the club said: “The contribution Bob made at Edenside is clear for all to see, and his legacy is no better evidenced than to witness the proud photograph of the club’s 1st XI with the Cumbria Cricket League Premier Division Trophy in 2019, hanging on the clubhouse wall.
“Most of that team were, at some point in their careers, coached by Bob and he was always proud of the club’s home-grown success, both at junior and senior level.
“Carlisle’s thriving junior section was born out of solid foundations a few decades ago and Bob’s part in setting this up was crucial to the development of the club.
“Along with Dick Scott, Bryan Laidlow, and many others, he provided a welcoming, enjoyable environment that juniors warmed to, and the numbers of players that went through his hands were legion.
“An honorary life member of the club, Bob’s commitment was total, and he was also involved with wicket preparation, groundwork, and duties behind the bar.
“But beyond all of this was Bob’s warm personality, stopping for a chat at any time to pass on his wealth of coaching knowledge and experience, particularly to the youngsters.
“He was heavily involved with junior development at club, district, and county level, travelling as far as Millom on wintry Sunday mornings to assist Dinger Bell with the county age group programme. All the youngsters loved to be coached by Bob, a true testament to his abilities.
“Bob is survived by his wife Ann, son Kevin and daughter Denise. All of us at Edenside send our heartfelt condolences to the whole family.”