Book Of Remembrances

David Haine - Sutton 41 Club

Born on the 1st December 1936 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire— although raised in Stroud, he was thoroughbred Gloucestershire, ‘a man born in a stable is not a horse’, he would say being fiercely proud of growing up in Stroud.

His formidable Mother raised him and his brother Robin with few frills and luxuries and he was always very humbled that she got him through university from a council house to St Catherine's College Cambridge, via Marling Grammar School.

Before commencing his degree in history, in 1956 he did his National Service in the Royal Air Force.

After completing his degree, he took up a teaching position at Merchant Taylors School, Watford, teaching history and divinity. However, teaching soon lost its appeal and he was offered a position with the Inspector of Taxes with the Inland Revenue in Stroud. There he joined Stroud Round Table which started his passion for the community. Promotions took him to Dorset where he took the position of head of the Bournemouth Tax District. There he joined Bournemouth Cricket Club and Bournemouth Round Table.

A further promotion soon followed to London and David and his growing family relocated to Sutton, in Surrey. After the removal van had left their new home David said he was "just going to have a quick drive around to get his bearings" returned two hours later and announced that he had found Sutton Cricket Club and had joined! He soon became 2nd XI captain and was assistant secretary and secretary.

David threw himself into more and more voluntary and community associations. Joining Sutton Round Table and progressed into Sutton 41 club. He joined his children’s Parent Teachers Associations and did stints behind the bar at Sutton & Epsom rugby club. He also joined Rotary and Probus.

After David’s retirement and along with a very committed dedicated team he harnessed his passion for cricket in the "Whitbread in the community Scheme" in the position of Regional County Affairs Director introducing Kwik Cricket at grass root level into Primary schools. He was assisted in this initiative by Surrey and England cricketers Alec Stewart, Ben Holyoake, Mark Butcher and Ali Brown.

Recently he was diagnosed with Cancer and was undergoing treatment at Royal Marsden, sadly he passed away in his sleep on the 23rd July, having gone to bed feeling unwell.He was visiting his son in Gloucester and had spent the day watching cricket, which was his great passion, he could not have wished for a more peaceful exit.