Farewell to cricketer Norman
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 January 2011
A WELL-KNOWN Weston sportsman has died, aged 86.
Norman Baker, who spent many years playing cricket for Weston Cricket Club and Uphill Castle Cricket Club (UCCC), died on January 12.
The keen sportsman, of Devonshire Road, was born in Weston on May 3, 1924 and spent all of his life in the town.
He began working as a clerk for Grey and Co Solicitors and met his future wife Mary, a nurse.
They married in 1954 and had a son Shaun in 1955 and daughter Helen in 1958.
Norman, who was renowned for his entertaining quizzes, left his job as a clerk and became a turf accountant, originally working from home before going into partnership and opening a shop in West Street.
He then became a teacher, working at Wyvern Community School until he retired.
Shaun said: “His main interest in life was sport and he very much enjoyed ball sports, particularly cricket.”
He made his debut at UCCC as a 15-year-old in 1939 and played for the club in seven different decades.
Nigel Cook, from the club, said: “He contributed a witty article to the Centenary Book, 100 Years of Uphill Castle Cricket Club in 1993, which showed his warmth as a person, exchanging banter with the best of them, but always with kind words mixed in.
“He was always particularly kind to the many children he encountered at the club, and he delighted in their progression into adulthood, whether as players, parents or just as people.”
Norman’s funeral will be held at Weston Crematorium on January 31 at 3.30pm.