Vic Heppenstall 1931 – 2018

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The passing of “Vic” as everyone associated with cricket knew him, has saddened not only the cricketing fraternity, but everyone that ever met him. He was just one of the good guys. He was so professional in his approach to his umpiring role, and we will all have fond memories of him, on and off the field. Still umpiring at 86 years old he was truly respected by anyone on the cricket field, both young and old. He always enjoyed what he did, always enjoyed a quip, but nobody undertook the role of umpiring matches more seriously. At the BCG (Belvoir Cricket Ground) he was simply known as “Mr Belvoir”, always available to lend a helping hand in whatever was happening. His enthusiasm to create the “Belvoir Fixture Booklet” year on year was unquestionable. Many local cricketers have trophies that Vic made for them for taking either five wickets or hitting a “Ton”. He inspired young cricketers with his knowledge and encouragement and it has been a real tribute to him, that so many of these young cricketers have sent some amazing messages to his family.  Words such as ‘Respect, humility and Passion’ have all been used to describe this great man.

On a personal level Vic has helped me on many occasions over the years, always having a methodical opinion, he just seemed to take control in a very understated way, and for that I will be forever grateful. The word legend is probably used too freely, however, for Vic it just doesn’t seem enough. I know I can speak on behalf of the local cricketing community when I say, Mr Belvoir, we thank you for everything you have given over many decades.

Andrew Dann

Chairman Belvoir Cricket Club

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