Diamonds memories Are Forever


RIP mate
By Beefy Roberts
February 24 2018

Beefy shares with us saying farewell to his mate Diamond   

On 22nd  February 2018, we gathered to pay our respects to Diamond a loving husband, father and a great mate to many. Inside a warm church Vermin Corner became Sombre Corner as we joined many others to praise and celebrate his life.

The vicar was humorous in his tribute. He wanted to find a biblical cricket link and the only reference was somewhere about the plagues that included crickets and locusts and the vicar said he could not read about them on such an occasion. I could sense Kev in front of me wanting to shout out " do it for Vermin Corner". The vicar did read from Job where a Pavilion was mentioned to satisfy the cricket fans.  

His widow Pauline along with daughter Eleanor were composed and brilliant in standing up and giving their eulogies to us, The opening was classic, "I won’t talk too much as I am sure most of you want to make it to the bar as quickly as possible".  I felt the thumbs up from way up above. They shared the humour Diamond provided and got the impression his mischievous ways were not just confined to the cricket ground. They also mentioned in a low-key way the charities he supported and his acts of kindness to his neighbours.

Eleanor concluded her eulogy saying she wanted to finish with Diamond’s favourite joke. Sombre Corner who knew Diamond well held their breath in trepidation .  “ I went to a zoo with one animal. It was a Shitzu"  The vicar with a smile on his face, while perhaps embarrassed now asked us to now recite the Lord’s Prayer. The concluding hymn was Jerusalem, which bought a tear to my eye and to Kimmy as I turned her way.   

As we departed the church our mate had started his final journey

We all travelled to one of Diamond’s favourite haunts. Uxbridge Cricket Club to talk about our stories and jokes about Diamond himself. Pauline and Eleanor came round chatting to all and finding out who was who from the website and making new friends along the way. We had a relaxed time reminiscing sharing many amusing memories. I really enjoyed talking to these lovely strong ladies.

Cheers Diamond

I have felt sick inside for the last month as knowing watching MIDDLESEX will never be the same again 

Let's win Div 2 this year and bounce back for Diamond

 

 

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Diamonds memories Are Forever
Posted by: Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
Date: 24/02/2018 21:48

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Re: Diamonds memories Are Forever
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26/02/2018 08:13

Sorry to read this Ladies and Gents. It is always a somber moment when a valued member of a community like this passes on. We are comrades in arms in this scenario, we've also lost people who came a long way with us in this very strange thing we do.

Commiserations from Grockles to Diamond's family and all the people on MTWD who knew and spent time with him. We all know they continue to watch this game we love from above and complain bitterly to whatever deity they follow when things don't go the way they should.



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Re: Diamonds memories Are Forever
Posted by: BarmierKev (IP Logged)
Date: 26/02/2018 11:40

Thanks for your kind words Grockle.

Also, thank you Beefy for sharing your thoughts. I realise this was especially a tough day for you and Dingy.

It was appropriate this event was filled with laughter and most attendees wore their sports attire rather than formal dress.

Re: Diamonds memories Are Forever
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 26/02/2018 12:39

Thanks for your message and kind words Grockle.
Hoping to be at Taunton for the 50 over game in May,with luck our paths will cross and we can raise a glass to absent friends.
Wishing yourselves a good coming season

Re: Diamonds memories Are Forever
Posted by: dingy bags (IP Logged)
Date: 26/02/2018 19:18

Well done once more, Beefy. As Kev says, not an easy day but a lot of Middlesex people there, including representatives of the club itself, which helped.

I thought the service was just right for our old friend, and was clearly just what his family wanted.

Appropriate to finish at Uxbridge.

Re: Diamonds memories Are Forever
Posted by: lower pavilion (IP Logged)
Date: 27/02/2018 17:44

Beefy.

Well done, that was very moving indeed.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the funeral.

As you say, hopefully, we can come back strongly this season and get promoted and dedicate the season to Diamond.

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