OBITUARY: Noel Laming from Macarthur is remembered | Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser
The inaugural President of Campelltown-Camden Ghosts, Noel Laming, is remembered as a “progressive leader” after his death at the age of 86.
Mr Laming died on Saturday afternoon September 25 at Campbelltown hospital after battling cancer.
Ghosts secretary Jason Ellsmore said Mr Laming is well-loved at Macarthur and will be missed beyond cricket circles.
“Noel will be remembered as a progressive leader, reformer, exceptional volunteer and passionate cricketer,” he said.
“Noel served Macarthur in many ways, including the Catholic community, charity fundraising and real estate, while also being the father of a large family.
“However, Noel’s service to cricket has been exceptional, particularly in laying the groundwork for Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club as well as his tenure as President of the Sydney Cricket Association.”
Mr Ellsmore said former Ghost and iconic Australian cricketer Brett Lee shared the following message on news of Mr Laming’s death: “Noel was an amazing man with an amazing character. one who put others first. A cricketer enthusiast with a passion for the club. RIP. “
Mr. Laming was president of the Ghosts for eight years, from 1985 to 1993, and was made a life member in 2005.
He chaired the Sydney Cricket Association between 1990 and 2001, and was also inducted as a life member in 2001.
The NSW Cricket Association honored him as a life member in 1998.
Mr. Laming has also been heavily involved with the Southern Districts DCA, Hawkesbury Cricket Council, Camden DCA, Campbelltown Collegians Cricket Club, Ingleburn Cricket Club, Campbelltown DCC, Penrith CC SCA and NSWCA.
He was instrumental in securing the home of the Campbelltown-Camden District Cricket Club in Raby, working closely with the mayors of Campbelltown, Bryce Regan and Gordon Fetterplace.
“The decision taken at the time to move the club’s headquarters to a new housing estate in Raby has since been a masterstroke,” said Mr Ellsmore.
Mr. Laming was known to store cricket memorabilia in his garage for over 40 years.
He bequeathed nearly 150 pounds of cricket from former Southern Districts umpire Ted Hoenger, including every Wisden guide from 1864,
“In 2014, Noel rediscovered the treasures and decided to donate them to the Bradman Museum,” Mr. Ellsmore said.