Cricket mourns death of umpire Burrows

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The local cricket community has been left to mourn the death of former umpire Richard (Red) Burrows.

Details of Burrows’ death remained sketchy last night. However, it is believed his lifeless body was discovered in a Las Vegas hotel on Thursday night.

He is understood to have been accompanied by several of his Works and Engineering co-workers.

Past Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association president Randy Butler described Burrows, 61, as a devoted umpire who loved the sport.

“Red umpired for about 16 years and he loved it,” he said. “If you scheduled him to do a match you can be guaranteed he would be there because that’s what he looked forward to on weekends.

“He was a steady umpire who attended all the meetings and he learned a lot just by listening. He always showed up early for matches and if something needed to be done he was willing to do it.

“He did Commercial games, First Division games, Premier games and also Central Counties games. He was a little controversial at times, but that’s part of the game.”

Former co-worker and friend Gladstone (Old Hell) Robinson described him as a “nice guy” and a “good hard worker”.

“Red was a helluva of a nice guy and he never interfered with anyone,” he said.

“He had his ways sometimes but overall he was a nice guy and has always been the same. He was a good hard worker who worked very hard for his own house that he didn’t get by sitting down. He was a good man.”

Robinson said he was “devastated” to learn of his former co-worker’s death.

“When I found out he had died I was at a loss for words and lost sleep thinking about him,” Robinson added.

As well as cricket, Burrows was passionate about football and was a big supporter of his beloved North Village Rams.

“He was a diehard North Village fan who always talked about how good Village were and Gumbo Bean (Ralph Bean) and other great past players that represented Village,” said one of his former co-workers.

“Red was a very fun guy who enjoyed life to the fullest.”

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Published Dec 15, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm)

Cricket mourns death of umpire Burrows

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