Mike Leddy passed away in the early hours of Thursday 31 May 2012.
His death comes as a huge shock to everyone involved in Formby Cricket club and who knew him throughout the area. After his health scare last year everyone was delighted to see Mike back umpiring and a regular at the club throughout the week and on a Saturday evening. It is fair to say no one expected this news.
Mike was a fantastic servant to not only the Cricket Section but also to the Hockey Section and the Club as a whole. If you could ever describe anyone as a "club man" Mike would fit the bill perfectly.
Mike was one of the most respected umpires in the league and certainly one of the most reliable. I have also been informed that at the time of his death, he could have been the long serving member of the Competition. Whilst I do not know the exact number of games he has umpired it would certainly be close to, if not over, 1000.
He was the fixture secretary for both Formby CC and the League and the fantastic job he did in both of these roles will be highlighted even further now that he has left them behind.
On a personal level I am eternally grateful for the assistance and advice Mike gave me as a young captain. I also speak for many captains past and present, who I am sure will agree with me, that a lot of the administration and off the pitch jobs which were handled by Mike made the role so much easier.
You were always able to rely on Mike whether it be to ask him to do something or just for advice. His death has shocked everyone I have spoken to this morning and I have received many many messages and phonecalls from people passing on their best wishes.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at Formby CC to thank Mike for everything he did and let him know how much he will be missed.
Our best wishes go out to his family and everyone who was close to him, as Mike hangs up the white jacket and makes his final journey.