Richie Benaud has passed away at age 84.

Richie Benaud has passed away at age 84.

For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Richie Benaud OBE, you may do so by clicking on this link.  100% of all donations are directed to providing sporting and recreational facilities to people with a disability.

Many of our members will have heard the sad news about Richie’s recent passing.  He will be sadly missed by millions of cricket and sports lovers around the world.  We in the Primary Club will mourn his passing more than most, because of the enthusiasm he demonstrated for his role as our Twelfth Man and Patron since 2002.

Richie was a foundation member of the Primary Club when it formed in 1974 and attended several of the trophy matches at the Lemon Tree Ground at Dooralong in that first decade, and many functions since.

Richie followed Sir Roden Cutler VC in his post as Patron/Twelfth Man, and when invited Richie insisted on playing a hands-on role.  Richie has proven to be a great and inspirational leader in his own right, for which we are eternally grateful.

Richie, with Daphne, attended every Primary Club Test Match Breakfast since 2002, except when ill-health prevented his appearance last year and earlier this year.  Similarly, he also graced us with his presence at the first four Marathon Cricket carnivals at the SCG.  When we asked Richie to attend the Marathon Cricket Dinners to present some of the prizes, he insisted on arriving several hours early so that he could meet and mingle with the players.  He loved to engage with them, sharing stories about country towns, famous cricketers and favourite race horses.

Memory of his contribution to the Primary Club and our charities will be permanently recorded in an appropriate fashion to be determined by the Committee and Members.

To Daphne, also a great supporter of the Primary Club of Australia, we pass on our sincere and heartfelt sympathies.  We know she will miss him terribly, as will we all!

Rest in peace, Richie.  ‘Go well!’

Jim Maxwell AM

The Primary Club of Australia