Former secretary of the Northern District Cricket Club and Sydney First Grade umpire, Frank Clark, has passed away aged 85.
Awarded the OAM for services to sport and the community, Mr Clark was club secretary for Northern District from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.
Mr Clark was made a Life Member of the NSW Cricket Association in 1995.
He joined the NSW Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association in 1975/76 and made his debut as a First Grade umpire in 1978/79.
His son, Mark, said he was “a dynamic community spirited man, who proved that from humble beginnings you can help make the world a better place.”
Mr Clark was also a member of the Grades Committee that helped select umpires and was involved with the Penrith Cricket Club.
His involvement with sport in the community was not restricted to cricket. He was also an Honorary Member of the North Epping Soccer Club and game day announcer for the Drummoyne Rugby Union club among many other roles he held with various clubs.
Mr Clark was born in Essex, England, on 23 May 1933. He was part of the merchant navy at the age of 15 and a Commando in the Royal Marines until the age of 20.
Through his occupation as a travel agent, Mr Clark also organised travel arrangements for numerous cricketers to play in England including Greg Matthews and Steven Waugh.
The funeral for Mr. Clark will be held this Friday at 1:15pm at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, North Chapel, North Ryde.