Tributes to John Wade

It was with deep regret and with great sadness that we announced that our dear colleague and Youth Secretary JOHN WADE passed away on Monday 26th March 2013 following a short illness. John’s funeral took place at Southend Crematorium on 8th April.

The Primary Club charity was nominated by the family to be the recipient of donations. These were sent to John’s close friend Dick Clarke, care of Rochford Hundred Golf Club. He said: “I have now received and processed the final donations in John’s memory. The total raised for The Primary Club was a fantastic sum of over £3,800. Please pass this information on to the cricket community with enormous thanks.”

Leading the tributes from within our sport, Kevin Hymas, Chairman of this Board said: “I am devastated that this gentleman has passed away so suddenly. He has been outstanding in his role with us and Essex youth cricket for a long period of time. He will be greatly missed and may I, on behalf all our member clubs, send our condolences to his family.”

Pam Staines, former youth secretary of Westcliff on Sea CC: “John Wade was such a gentleman in every sense – kind, committed, always encouraging. For my son, Jon, he inspired the self-confidence to play youth county cricket for five years and was simply the best coach he had ever had.”

Gary Latner, from Sydney: “Such saddening news of the passing of a true gentleman. I spent a very happy five years at Westcliff in the early 1980’s before returning to my native Australia. Westcliff were a very competitive team during this period. This was in many ways due to John’s influence and respect around the club. His nurturing skills were second to none, and his sense of humour doused many a tense moment. To John’s family, I offer my sincerest condolences. Even after 30 odd years I still consider Westcliff as my home club. Rest in Peace John, you were a big part of my and many others’ development.”

Jon Gotham, former member of Westcliff on Sea CC: “I grew up playing cricket at Westcliff with his son, Tim. I’ll always have very fond memories of John. He was an exceptionally nice man and taught me a lot about cricket. I am sure his influence around the South Essex cricket scene will be sorely missed. He was a true Westcliff legend.”

Martyn Fowles, Hockley CC: “Things just won’t be the same around the District. He was one of my tutors on the level one coaching course, where I learnt the way to do things! Rest in Peace, John.”

Stewart Orrock, member of the Southend branch of the Essex Association of Cricket Officials and their delegate to the committee of the South Essex District Cricket Board: “John Wade and I first met when we joined Westcliff-on-Sea CC in 1978. Over the next twenty years we played in the same side on hundreds of occasions, usually a very good second eleven. John captained that team for several years and did so with the same principles that he later brought to his role as a coach. Many warm tributes have rightly been paid by some who benefited from his guidance. We were both in the Westcliff team that played Essex CCC in the inaugural match on the artificial pitch at Chalkwell Park in April 1980. The first entry in the scorebook was…. “Gooch ct Orrock b Wade 60(approx).”

Ryan Creasey, junior member of Eastwood CC and a member of our current U15 District Squad: “Very sad news. John was one of the first coaches I had in cricket and had the privilege of his calm, knowledgeable approach, which helped me and others. I just wanted to say thank you. Rest in Peace John.”

David Byford, Tutor and Assessor on the Essex Coach Education team and former youth team manager for the Central Essex District Cricket Board: “I worked with John for a number of years at the indoor school at Essex, as well as being a ‘rival’ team manager at District level. I am deeply saddened and distressed to hear the dreadful news about John’s passing. In fact, I have thought of little else since and am still feeling completely numb. A true gentleman, John always had the best interests of others and the game of cricket in all that he did both on and off of the cricket field. RIP John.”

Bob Ayres, joint President of this Board and President of Basildon and Pitsea CC: “What a shock and what a loss to Essex Cricket. It’s devastating. John will be sadly missed by the cricketing fraternity in South Essex. His work with the youth of the area cannot be over estimated. I have known him for more years than I care to remember and he has always been a gentleman and in my eyes a gentle man.”

Michael Cansdale, playing member of Belhus CC: “John, an excellent coach. You coached me in the district squads at Fitzwimarc and also on Saturday mornings at the indoor school at the Essex county ground in the mid 1990’s. I managed to play for the district and several times for the full Essex junior teams. None of this would have been possible without your coaching skills. I will forever remain grateful. Rest in Peace, John, written with great sorrow.”

Gavin Lee, level two coach and U13A team manager at Southend EMT CC: “I learned of the very sad news regarding John at our recent youth practice and I just wanted to convey my condolences to his family, friends and all those who knew him. John ran the level two course which I participated in and he was simply a real gentleman whose knowledge of the game has greatly assisted many players to make the transition to coaching. A great loss to the game of cricket.”

Mohammed Khokhar, junior member of Leigh on Sea CC and one of our current district U15 squad players: “I still remember meeting him in my very first trial. I wondered how someone could have such an extensive knowledge of the game. Ever since, he always gave me tips and hints that really improved my game. It is a great loss for the cricket community, he was one of a kind. He will be truly missed and our thoughts will always be with him.”

Craig Smith, playing member at Wickford CC: “I played for the U11 district team about 15 years ago all the way through to the U15s and John made me captain. He was a fantastic coach and a great bloke! I enjoyed lots of success with John and I recall the honour I had when I captained the district team against Holland. Under John, I believe we had the best U15 district team ever. I’ve got some good friends in cricket and that is all down to John running the district team that we all played in! To hear of John’s death, it came as a big shock. My thoughts are with his family.”

Mike Spooner, U13B Team Manager, Wickford CC: “Just heard the terribly sad news about John. A truly lovely man, who had time for everyone. I was lucky enough to have John coach me through my level one and also to see him most Thursdays when he carried out his district training. A huge void in youth cricket has been left and please give my sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Jon Wright, Chairman of Benfleet CC: “We are quite simply shocked and stunned by the awful news of the passing of John Wade. Just everything John did was to the very highest standards, he cared so passionately about all aspects of cricket, in particular youth cricket and teaching coaches. There are several generations he has touched and blessed with his advice and knowledge. We all need to make sure that we pass on the incredible legacy he has given us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jenny and all the family – do lean on us to help you now and in the future.”

The Farrington family, members of Basildon and Pitsea CC: “Shocking news about John’s sad passing. He was one of the most enthusiastic, supportive, and inspiring coaches our family have ever met. John’s passion and commitment for youth cricket development was exceptional. His feedback and encouragement will sadly be missed, but never forgotten. A true Gentleman.”

Jeff Noble, Hon Youth Secretary, Basildon and Pitsea CC and U11 Results Secretary, SEDCB: “Having worked with John for many years assisting in running the SEDCB outdoor Under11 League and collecting the results, he was never flustered when things went wrong. He was always well organised and we’ll need a big team to cover all the work he did. Still cannot believe we’ll not be having our regular weekly chats.”

Eva Harrington, from Ireland: “John was my boss many moons ago at ABN AMRO Mellon (AAM) and I was saddened to learn of John’s death. I enjoyed working in his team, John was admired and respected. He even managed to arrange a ABN AMRO Mellon vs Russell Mellon cricket match one year (2003/4) whom we duly beat, much to his and our delight. I would like to express my sincere sadness and sympathies to John’s family at this difficult time.”

Graham Tidman, level two coach at Orsett CC: “I have just heard the terrible news regarding John, he was one of the nicest, honest men around and gave up so much of his time to help youngsters enjoy their cricket. John was an outstanding coach and was outstanding whilst teaching me on Levels One and Two a few years ago. He always had advice and was genuinely pleased for all those he helped progress. A very sad day for his family and Essex cricket in general.”

Ray Sorrell, former cricket umpire who stood for Westcliff CC for many years: “I was saddened to learn of the death of John Wade, a very likeable gentleman, I was very honoured to stand as a cricket umpire with Westcliff CC for many years, and in the early 80’s when John was Captain of the 2nd XI and the Club won the League title for three years running. John was also my sponsor when I attained full membership as a cricket umpire with the ACU. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all his fine family.”

Lee Knight, Stanford le Hope CC first team captain and cricket committee chairman: “Very sad news, John was one of the lead coaches on my level one course a few years ago, a lovely man who gave an enormous amount of time and energy to the game, it’s a huge loss for cricket and for his family & friends.”

Mike Boyers, ex-Essex Development Manager and Chairman of Harlow CC: “I was truly shocked to hear of John’s death. His work for Essex Cricket and the development of Coach education deserves the absolute thanks of all those people who he helped. I did a number of coaching courses with him and I was always aware of his deep knowledge of the game and his empathy towards those he taught. He will leave a lasting memory for all those who knew him and my thoughts are with his son Tim, and his family.”

Seb Bukhari and Cliff Greenhill, on behalf of the Metropolitan Essex District Cricket Board: “We join with so many others who knew John in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing. “Although it is little consolation at this sad time, it should be of some satisfaction to know that in his passing you can celebrate the end of a full and productive life. The measure of a life well-lived is not in how much money one has or what possessions they have accumulated, but rather through the lives they touched and the sorrow they leave behind. John’s sudden demise has left a void in Essex cricket, which will be impossible to fill. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by all who knew and loved him.”

Vic Hewitt, Hon. Secretary of Leigh on Sea CC: “It is hard to take in and what a devastating loss. I had known John for over thirty years and he was a thorough gentleman who will be sadly missed by his family and everyone who had the pleasure to come into contact with him.”

Paul Brice, Chairman of the Essex and East London branch of Cricket Officials: “I am totally shocked by this news. I had the utmost respect for what John had done for the youngsters of the area and I know he is irreplaceable, he will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.”

Graham Davies, fellow coach and also qualified umpire: “A true pillar of the cricketing community – a fountain of knowledge sadly gone.”

Janet Jefferies, appreciative parent of former Belhus CC junior: “Oh, such sad news. What a nice man he was.”

Dave Wilson, Essex Coaches Association: “I am deeply shocked to learn that John passed away yesterday. A great servant of cricket in Essex over many years who will be hugely missed. My sincere sympathies to all.”

Neil Mason, Youth Indoor Six a side administrator (east) for the SEDCB: “John Wade sadly passed away this afternoon. Terribly sad news.”

Baiju Solanki, Hon Secretary of Southend EMT CC and Joint President, SEDCB: “This is so sad, I heard earlier this evening. This is a great loss for his family, as well as the whole of cricket in Essex.”

Dan Feist, Cricket Development Manager, Essex County Cricket Board: “This is deeply shocking news and has happened so quickly.”

Julia Squires, Youth Secretary, Belhus CC: “What a shock, he will be greatly missed.”

Paula Haden, appreciative parent of Orsett CC junior: “What dreadful news. I know that he was not at district training last week as he was unwell. If possible, please pass on my condolences to his family.”

Martin Leslie, Stanford le Hope CC and former district youth player: “Very sad indeed, really hit me hard when I read it today, a good man.”

Cliff Cansdale, Youth Indoor Sixes Administrator (west) for SEDCB: “John set such high standards in both coaching and administration that will be impossible to surpass. The outdoor youth cricket archive pages on this website were created and wholly made by John. A great companion on our “New Website” project, unbeatable and so sadly missed already. He never failed to deliver.”

Robert Pearn, Chairman of Stanford le Hope CC: “Can’t believe the news. So, so sad. My little lad was training with him for the district every other Thursday.”

If you would like to add your words of tribute to John Wade, please email them to or text 07817 066935.

PERFECTION: ECB Level Three coach John Wade (kneeling) encourages our under eleven squad
at a practice match at Basildon and Pitsea CC on a chilly May evening in 2011


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