We are sorry to report that one of the original driving forces of IFCR and President of NZIFCR, Brian “Stumbles” Morgan, died on the afternoon of 22 September 2007. Brian’s wife, Val, also passed away on 30 November, 2008. IFCR sends its condolences to the Morgan family.
The opposition’s appeal against the light has been upheld by the Third Umpire. The man who played to win and accepted losses graciously whilst enjoying the camaraderie of cricket and all that our fellowship had to offer is back in the pavilion.
John Dean (IFCR New Zealand) remembers his colleague Brian
The Third Umpire called the ball dead;
Brian is gone. Too dangerous he said
to stumbles around in the dark.
Come back here where your lungs can spark.
Too late Bri-an, to appeal now
against the light. Never he’d vow,
bowled by a high looping slow one.
Never say never, just join in.
The grounds are gone, the beans no more;
The yacht sail furled, smiling to shore.
Brian’s life seasoned full each day;
Sailored lad boating in the bay.
Val’s there holding the rope or rail
dipping to waves, some business calls;
Service the idea, make it work
Encourage others never shirk.
Ideas come quickly stumbling back
attack the ball, let nothing past;
front foot push to the spinning flight
bowl all day, recall scalps all night.
Captain Morgan’s travels now end.
Those met and played along the wend
will recall with a smile days spent
gear packed overseas sportsmen.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light
Go gently Brian into that Good Night.
Tribute from Ian Petherick – IFCR Australia
There was great sadness when word came through that Brian Morgan passed away. He fought a great fight and was an inspiration to all of us when one’s health is failing. His friendly, praising and caring nature was always foremost when when his own body was under immense stress.
His ability to co-ordinate and manage numerous Rotary events was evidenced by the Christchurch International IFCR Festival in 2002. On behalf of all our members, I extend our sympathy to Val, and to Brian and Val’s extended family, at this time of grieving and celebrating of his life.
Brian was well-loved and respected by all who knew him. In IFCR Australia, there would not be many members who did not know Brian Val and Briancame on our very first IFCR International tour to England in 1994.
We therefore called our touring party the Australasian team. This experience was the catalyst for Brian and Val to go home and nurture the creation of IFCR New Zealand.
What great memories we Aussies have of all those IFCR matches we have played with and against Brian since 1994. Many of us played in opposite sides to Brian in New Zealand just back in March, and then what a wonderful time we had playing in the same touring team as Brian in Perth in April this year.
Brian helped organise New Zealand teams to travel, and encouraged teams from abroad to go to New Zealand at a more frequent rate than what had been our practice.
In 2008 at the Australian Festival in Bundaberg Brianwas not in the eleven from New Zealand but we were playing for the Brian Morgan Trophy when Australia and New Zealand played our so-called “Test Match”. Our memories of him will always be with us at any IFCR gathering.
IFCR World Festival Christchurch 2002
Brian taking charge of the mass photo of all players at the start of the Christchurch Festival
Brian was the principal organiser of the 2002 Festival in Christchurch, and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his outstanding contribution.