Sad news arrived via my phone last Monday night. (21 March 07). Peter had lost his fight against the cancer he has manfully fought for the last 12 months.
Peter was a friend to the international IFCR body and respected by member fellowships. He will always be remembered for his very special brand of humour and his ability to make people feel welcome. I remember very clearly that on the first day of tour in England when Alison and I had first met Peter and Kate, Peter came to me and said, “Kate and I would like to have dinner with you to-night.”
That genuine hand of friendship made us feel welcome on tour immediately.
Peter had exceptional organisational skills as demonstrated at the Hunter Valley International IFCR Festival. He loved his cricket and performed at a high level in Sydney Grade cricket until he and Kate moved to Cessnock.
Peter and Kate were integral members of the inaugural Australian IFCR tour abroad to England in 1994. It was the forerunner of others to the UK, but more importantly, it set the tone and high standards that have come to be associated with IFCR tours. Peter played a large part in establishing those standards. He was our 1997 skipper to the UK and helped then President Gordon Fenwick to coordinate another successful and happy tour there.
Peter toured with IFCR to India, South Africa and New Zealand along with attending all Australian Festivals and many inter-district matches, with some matches raising funds for a Rotary cause.
Peter became President of the Australian IFCR after Gordon and was fittingly made a Paul Harris Fellow on the final night at Cessnock. Peter received his PHF at the hands of Rotary World President-elect Carl-Wilhelm Stanhammer.
Life Membership of the Australia IFCR was bestowed on him at the Benalla Festival in October 2006
Both awards reflect the valuable contribution Peter made to IFCR and the esteem in which he is held by its members and their partners.
Peter also received a very prestigious award from the Sydney Shires Cricket Association last year. Peter was inducted as a “Legend of Shires”, an honour given to only three each year, and passing back over the 30 to 40 years of Shires existence. Peter and Kate attended the dinner.
At this difficult time we will remember Peter for the great fellowship we have had with him both on and off the cricket field. Our thoughts are with Kate and their loving and supportive family.
IFCR has lost a friend, a colleague and a player, but his inspiration will be ongoing.
Many tributes have flowed in from all over the IFCR world. Here are some of them.
Ravi from India
We deeply regret the passing away of a good friend and a great human being whom we got to befriend for a short time that we have since known Peter.
Wishes and thoughts because they are all nice ones that we can pull out of memory, not just of our trip to Hunter but of Peter himself.
Though we were not very regular in correspondence, he did figure in a lot of our cricket conversations, which as you might well imagine would be quite all the time!!! Not to take the shine from Brian Morgan. Peter simply took the top honours for organizing and pulling off an event like the Hunter Festival. We spent some wonderful days with his family in his house during that trip and I guess I will not hear him talk about me being too loud and forthright for him to handle!
Life is not fair and it is at times like this that it really seems a bummer. Here’s to Peter — a great man, a good friend and above all a true cricketer!
Phil Stevenson from UK
Louise and I were saddened to hear that Peter has lost his brave fight against such a cruel illness. He will be remembered for his courage in the face of adversity as well as for his contribution to Rotary and to cricket.
Please pass on our sincere condolences to Kate and his family. Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.
John Dean in New Zealand
Peter Daly – The Little Nudger
Walk through that pavilion Daly
with one last green raise of the cap,
tip it to those on the boundary
standing to a smiling great knock.
Recall many a spinning spell
runs hit well from middle to edge.
Now wine flows to a deeper well
and it’s us left out on the ledge.
Leprechauns are at the wicket
Daly saunters through the pickets
a last dig this St Patrick’s Day.
His Kiwi cousins have their say-
G’day great Aussie nudger:
keep that ball up, now forever
and run soft hands short singles
like there is no tomorrow, sans Kate.
The gear bags packed and now well stored
his cap one last time is folded;
so mates look out, we’re on our way
on tour, with St Peter, daily.
18 March 2007
Garnet Carr in South Africa
It was a great shock to hear the sad news of Peter’s death. I was very lucky to stay with Peter and Kate at the 2004 festival,what a great couple. Please pass on to Kate and family my sincere condolences
Brian Morgan in New Zealand
Thank you most sincerely for advising me of Peter’s passing. It is hard to accept for he was always a very lively, warm and encouraging person. I was privileged to work with him at the pre-planning of the Hunter Valley Festival and on previous tours. Our thoughts now must be with Kate and their family. It is a shock for all concerned and perhaps in some way a blessing.
Nalin Fernando in Sri Lanka
On behalf of IFCR Sri Lanka, kindly convey our sympathies to Peter’s wife and family.
Peter was no doubt a lover of wine and Rotary cricket. His efforts in bringing IFCR members together in Australia (Hunter Valley) for the Festival of Cricket, fun and fellowship will always be remembered.
Sajid Bhatti in Pakistan
It is very sad news for us. Please convey our deepest sorrow to the family of Peter. I met Peter in Australia – he was a really a nice man who loved cricket and also gave us a very warm welcome to Australia and looked after us in the Hunter Valley. Indeed IFCR has lost a very sincere friend and a player, but will be remembered as good friend of all Rotary Cricketers in the history of IFCR.
Dennis Wesley in South Africa
Peter Daly’s passing is very sad news and my condolences go out to Kate and her family. Peter made the attendance at the Cessnock Festival possible for us South Africans with his generosity. I thank my Rotary membership for being able to meet such a man.
Eric Hill in UK
We were so sad to read Ian’s letter telling us that Peter had lost his courageous fight. All who knew him will have their own special personal memories. These few words are in my mind as I think of Peter, Kate and family :
When the one great scorer comes to write against you name, He will not write whether you won or lost, but how you played the game.
To me it sums up the man and our Fellowship.