The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) and St. Augustine Cricket Club yesterday expressed their sincere condolences with the family, friends and colleagues of Kenneth (Ken) Reid, who passed away at the age of 75.
“Ken had an infectious spirit and he had an enormous impact at St Augustine Cricket Club, a club known for its close bonds between players. His son, Phillip, represented St. Augustine Cricket Club and Ken headed our junior committee at the club for many years,” said George Damon, life member at St. Augustine and a close friend of Reid.
“The last couple of years, Ken worked as supervisor at the cricket club house of St. Augustine. He was a gentle, loving man who impacted many around him.”Reid worked for Murray Stewart for many, many years after matriculating at Athlone High School, recalled Damon, whose friendship with Reid spanned more than 60 years.
Damon saluted the role of Reid and the D’ Oliveira-family in the evolution of the club.
“Basil’s father, Lulu, was the chairman of the club for many years. Basil represented the club (and England). His son Damian played for St. Augustine and last season, his son, Brett, also played under the St. Augustine banner.
“He did so well that Worcestershire would not let him go and he might end up representing England,” Damon added.
The funeral of Reid will be on Saturday 17th September at 09h30 at the All Saints Church in Plumstead.
“We mourn the passing of Ken, whose long stint at club level in different capacities contributed towards the strengthening of Western Province’s pipeline-structures,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of WPCA.
“We want to ensure the Reid-family and his friends and club members at St. Augustine of our support and prayers during this time of bereavement,” Dien added.
“He was treasurer and manager of the club for more than two decades and was part of the life-blood of the club. He represented important values and codes that transcendent cricket and contributed to the well-being of St. Augustine Cricket Club,” said Beresford Williams, the president of WPCA