Cricket NSW and SCA Life Member Noel Laming has sadly passed away aged 86.
Mr Laming died from cancer on Saturday afternoon, September 25, at Campbelltown Hospital.
The NSW Cricket Association honoured Laming with life membership in 1998 after a life-time of contributions to cricket, including the Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts, Southern Districts DCA, Hawkesbury Cricket Council, Camden DCA, Campbelltown Collegians Cricket Club, Ingleburn Cricket Club, Campbelltown DCC, Penrith CC SCA and NSWCA.
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon paid tribute to Laming’s selfless dedication to cricket.
“We are very saddened to hear of Noel’s passing and from all at Cricket NSW I’d like to pass on my condolences to his family and friends,” Germon said.
“Our sport is driven by volunteers and few have contributed more throughout their lives than Noel Laming.
“His tireless effort over many years will be felt long into the future and we are forever grateful for Noel’s commitment to cricket.”
Laming was the inaugural president of the Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts and the club’s secretary Jason Ellsmore said he was well-loved in Macarthur and would be missed in more than just cricketing circles.
"Noel will be remembered as a progressive leader, reformist, outstanding volunteer and cricket enthusiast," Ellsmore told the Wollondilly Advertiser.
"Noel served Macarthur in numerous ways, including the Catholic community, charity fundraising, and real estate, all whilst fathering a large family.
"However, Noel's service to cricket was outstanding, especially in laying the foundations of the Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club as well as his tenure as chairman of the Sydney Cricket Association."
Mr Laming served as Ghosts president for eight years from 1985 to 1993, and was named a life member in 2005.
He chaired the Sydney Cricket Association between 1990 and 2001, and was also inducted as a life member in 2001.
He was "instrumental" in securing the Campbelltown-Camden District Cricket Club home at Raby, working closely with Campbelltown mayors Bryce Regan and Gordon Fetterplace.
"The decision at the time to take the club's headquarters to a newly established housing development in Raby has since proved a masterstroke," Mr Ellsmore said.
Mr Laming was known to stockpile cricket memorabilia in his garage for more than 40 years.
He was bequeathed almost 150 cricket books from former Southern Districts umpire Ted Hoenger, including every Wisden's guide from 1864.
"In 2014, Noel rediscovered the treasures and decided to donate them to the Bradman Museum," Mr Ellsmore said.
This obituary was put together with the help of reporting by Jess Layt at the Wollondilly Advertiser.