It is with great sadness that Cricket Espana reports the death of Gary Potton. Gary, one of the best loved umpires in Spanish cricket passed away in hospital on December 10th.
Gary’s wife Jan and family contacted Ron Graham initially to share the sad news with the Spanish cricketing fraternity, all of whom are most welcome to attend the funeral and the reception afterwards.
The funeral is at 10.30 am on Friday 15th December at Tanatorio Crematorio San Pedro de Pinatar. The reception is at 12 noon at The Greenwich Bar and Grill, Avenida Costa Blanca, 118, 03191 Torre de la Horadada.
The Tanatorio is between junctions 774 and 775 on the AP7 and the address is:
Tanatorio Crematorio de San Pedro
Calle Alcalde Baldomero Romero
03740 San Pedro De Pinatar....
Gary’s funeral was well attended by his family and friends.Photograph albums of Gary’s cricket and hockey exploits were among memorabilia on display at the reception in The Greenwich Bar and Grill in Torre de Horadada.
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Gary was a more than useful all-round cricketer and became a popular, well-respected umpire when he
finally retired from playing. He was also Chairman of La Manga Cricket Club for a few years.
But it was his zany sense of humour and enthusiasm for the great game of cricket that Gary will be remembered. He was a huge influence in the dressing room, possessing a cricketing brain honed over many years of playing experience. He was a winner but not at any cost. Gary’s fair sense of play was evident well before the Cricket of Spirit was written and inserted as a preamble to the Laws of Cricket. Perhaps it was this sportsmanship that strongly influenced his umpiring technique which was always well received by the players with whom he had a great rapport..