It is with deep regret that we announce the death of John Hammerton who sadly passed away on Sunday after a short illness. John was a true club stalwart in every sense of the word having taken on many different roles in the running of both the clubs cricket and football sections as well as the Sports Club itself.
Together with Ian Moxon and Ron Skaife, they set up the Junior Cricket section at Osbaldwick in 1976, winning the under 16 league in its inaugural season. From this small acorn a vast production line of talent came through the ranks providing the backbone of the senior teams that rose so quickly through the Senior League in the 80’s and 90’s. John was involved in the ever expanding junior section for more than a decade whilst also serving on the committee, including the role of treasurer from 1979-1984. In acknowledgement of all his hard work, the Cricket section made him a Life Member, a reward so richly deserved.
Outside of OCC, John also helped develop the talents of other youngsters by running the York & District Senior Cricket League youth representative team, AKA the Joe Lumb side. He acted as Manager/Secretary/Treasurer/Scorer/Transporter at some time during his tenure. He took on all these jobs with such passion and commitment through the 1980’s, and up until 1997.
As well as his hard work with the Cricket, John put his efforts in to the Football section. From the early years of their formation, he was involved as the club surged through the divisions and went on to win an unprecedented 11 successive Division 1 titles from 82/83-92/93. He was on the committee for many years including a spell as the sections treasurer.
John was amongst the members of the Sports Club that had the vision to move the club forward at pace. He was one of the guarantors who risked their own cash and helped provide the means for expanding the club with the addition of a new bar/lounge in 1978. The same bar which we now all enjoy to this day. He was an active supporter of the club during the years when the club was under serious threat from the parish council who were determined to hijack all the hard work of the members. He thoroughly enjoyed his voluntary bar duties for both the sections he served so well and all the never ending fund raising that was needed, as well as socialising at the other side of the bar whenever he could. To add to his list of many roles he took on, he was also Membership Secretary for the Sports Club for several years.
No matter how many other roles and duties John had, he always made sure he had time to watch his own lads play their rugby and cricket all over the north. He will have taken great pride in the achievements of both Mick and Chris in whichever sporting field they took to, both of them going on to be great cricket players for the club he served so well.
We all send our deepest condolences to Margaret, Mick, Chris and their families at this sad time.