In Loving Memory Of Ron Wolfenden (1920-2009) Age 89
It is with great sadness that Methley Cricket Club announce the passing of their President, Mr. Ron Wolfenden. Ron passed away in Dewsbury and District Hospital at 7:30 am on the morning of Tuesday the 9th March 2009. He had been unconscious for some time and slipped away peacefully. Ron made his senior cricketing debut in 1933, when at the age of 13 he played for Triangle CC in the Halifax League, however his talents were soon spotted by Sowerby Bridge CC who played at a higher level in the Yorkshire Council and he played his cricket there until 1961. Of course Ron's cricketing career was interrupted by World War Two. He served throughout the war in the far east in Burma and India, working for the intelligence corps, indeed he worked on after the cessation of hostilities, his role being in charge of the rounding up of Japanese war criminals. He revisited the region in 2008 with son Richard, an arduous trip for a man in his late eighties but he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Ron transferred his cricketing allegiance to Methley CC in 1962, and played for and captained the 1st X1, later dropping into the 2nd X1 where he played until 1981 when at the age of 61 he retired. Since then Ron worked tirelessly for his cricket club, as a committee man, Chairman, and in recent years President. The club won many trophies during his time as chairman, CYCL Champions 1995 and 1997, Yorkshire Council Champions 1996 and 2001, Heavy Woollen Cup winners 1994 and Jack Hampshire Cup Winners in 1997 and 2002. The crowning glory was the club's successful return visit to Lords in 1998 when they lifted the National Village Cup, a truly proud day for Ron Wolfenden and his beloved Methley Cricket Club. He became President after handing over the chairmanship to Bernard Richardson, and continued to produce the match day programme, audit the Clubs accounts and support the cricket team on every match day. Ron was loved, revered and admired by colleagues, team mates and opponents alike, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to have met and known him. God speed old friend.
John Stabler Chairman Methley CC,
President - Central Yorkshire League.