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.