Former Cricket Canada Treasurer and Umpiring Coordinator Mr. Colin Harvey passed away Sunday in Toronto. A fixture for decades on the T&DCA umpiring circuit, Harvey left an indelable mark on cricket in Canada.
Colin Hoare, a friend and colleague of Mr. Harvey, offered the following tribute.
“If ever there was an individual whose work extended over more aspects of the game of cricket in the Toronto area than nearly all others, the name of that person is Colin Harvey. Cricket coach, supplier of cricket equipment, highly-respected umpire, dedicated committee member, and thoughtful analyst & contributor when it came to establishing local rules for league competitions – Colin was all of these.
“Colin umpired games in the Toronto & District Cricket League for over two decades. In that time, he earned both the admiration & respect of players & club officials alike for his fairness and for his knowledge of the laws. As the Treasurer of the Canadian Cricket Association, he made sure that the limited funds that were available were put to good use. When the Toronto & District Cricket Association needed help from an umpiring standpoint to ensure that the local rules for the 50-over competition were drafted properly, it was Colin who stepped forward to provide suitable insight.
“Colin is one of those people that one can honestly say made the game of cricket better for the many ways in which he participated. His impact on the game will be remembered for many years to come.”
A service will be held on Tuesday November 13 at the Church of the Transfiguration 111 Manor Rd East at 1 PM followed by a celebration of his life at the Toronto Cricket Club 141 Wilson Ave Toronto
Cricket Canada extends its deepest condolences on behalf of all cricketers in Canada to Mr. Harvey's family.