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October 2003 Tribute to Bill Breeze
Bill Breeze

Bill Breeze, the immensely personable stalwart veteran of Nether Whitacre Cricket Club died on 22nd October 2003 aged 59 after a long and brave fight against illness. Bill had been with Nether Whitacre for nearly 30 years and had worked tirelessly, both on and off the pitch in many capacities, including a long spell as Second Team Captain and Team Secretary.

After his family, sport was the love of his life, a life long Birmingham City fan who until his illness never missed a match, home or away. He continued to watch the "Blues" at home right up until his sudden death.

Cricket was his second passion and Bill revelled in the game that he played firmly but always fair. He had a great knowledge of both sports and was an astute tactician and observer of the games. When time permitted outside what Bill saw as his "duty" to Nether Whitacre, he often watched Warwickshire, home and away.

For many years he helped to prepare wickets, cut the outfield and organised players as part of his Team Secretary's job. Phone calls were made in their hundreds as the season progressed, never once would he take any payment.

A man of great dry humour, immense generosity and principle, sometimes stubborn, fiercely competitive but above all wonderfully kind. Bill loved a bet on the horses, loved his dog, and above all loved his family. Survived by his wife Diane and sons Andrew and Ian, he will be sadly missed.