• Hilton Cole

    North Devon Cricket Club are saddened to learn of the death of former chairman Hilton Cole.
    Recently we have not seen a lot of Hilton as he had been caring for his wife Mary who predeceased
    him by one month.

    After a distinguished career in the Welsh and Metropolitan police (as a PC he was the first officer to
    make an arrest based on a photo fit picture) Hilton joined the diplomatic protection squad where he
    became body guard to Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw.

    Hilton retired to Bideford and pursued an active life of sailing, Golf and Cricket. He enjoyed traveling
    especially to Spain and Portugal for golf and America to catch up with his FBI colleagues.

    As a mid-order batsman with an occasional stint medium pace bowling he played a lot of midweek
    cricket and for the seconds at the weekend. Non strikers had to be alert to the ball nudged to square leg
    and the “one” call!

    Hilton took up umpiring once he found playing cricket more difficult and he became club chairman
    from 2002 until 2005 – a role he took to with gusto. His forthright manner left no one in any doubt
    where he and they stood.

    Hilton’s nephew is Steffan Jones and he looked forward to our Exeter fixture to catch up with family
    news (In welsh of course!).

    Funeral arrangements:
    Barnstaple Crematorium Wednesday 19th July 12:20pm
    Followed by a Wake at North Devon Cricket Club

2 Responsesso far.

  1. Wendy Ferguson says:

    Very, very sad to hear of Hilton’s death. Mike, my deceased husband, was his best man. My younger daughter, Clare, umpired for him way-back in Orpington. I and my daughters Katy and Clare, remember Hilton fondly and offer our sincere regrets at his passing to his family. He was very special for us all.

  2. Wendy Ferguson says:

    Sorry – made an error in my last submission. Clare scored for Hilton – not umpired.