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TRIBUTES TO SPORTS FAN.

TRIBUTES were paid today following the death of a Yorkshire County Cricket Club stalwart.

Peter Quinn, from Redcar, who was an honorary vice president of the club, died suddenly on October 9 in Middlesbrough's James Cook hospital.

The lifelong Boro fan served on the committee at Headingley from 1984 to 2000, as a North Riding representative.

He was among those who fought successfully for a new contract for Geoff Boycott after he was sacked as a player.

Peter was one of several Reform Group sympathisers who gained places on the General Committee in 1984 when Reg Kirk took over as chairman after the old board was overthrown.

The committee was re-formed in 1993, when Peter served on the Public Relations and Membership Committee, and later the Finance and Marketing Committee.

He decided not to seek re-election in 2000, but he was made a vice president in recognition of his outstanding services over 16 years.

Speaking from her home in Norton Road, Redcar, his widow Margaret said: "Peter absolutely loved cricket. He used to bring a lot of young people from Teesside to the attention of the club at Yorkshire."

Former local government finance officer Peter was well known at Teesside cricket clubs, where he used to go to watch matches and present prizes.

And his interest in the game took him all over the world, including the Caribbean, to watch the English touring side.

Margaret said: "So many people knew Peter, he always got involved and talked to everybody. He was friends with Geoff Boycott, who wrote me a letter when he heard Peter had died."

He will be fondly remembered by those at YCCC, including vice president Tony Vann.

He said: "Peter worked very hard on the financial side of the club, and was a sound thinker who could see through the trees to the clear view ahead. He had a clarity of mind which served him well on the committee, and he certainly loved his cricket."

Mr Quinn's funeral takes place tomorrow, at 3pm in St Bede's Chapel, Middlesbrough Crematorium. Family flowers only, but donations can be made in Peter's memory to the British Heart Foundation.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2008
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