DEVON'S umpiring community has lost one of its oldest members with the death of Phil Wright.

Phil, who was 93, died recently in a South Devon nursing home. He was a member of the South Devon branch of DACO and umpired extensively on the midweek touring circuit at Paignton and Torquay. 

Paignton captain George Benton, one of Phil’s grandchildren, said: “He was a lovely man and will be missed.”

During his working life Wright was a civil servant based in London. He is survived by his wife Vera.

Phil Wright’s funeral will take place at St Luke’s Church, Torquay on March 23 at 1.30pm. Non-family mourners are asked not to attend due to the current health crisis. A memorial service will be held in due course.