WELL-KNOWN local cricket and football umpire Colin Walker died on November 6.
Walker stood as a Central Gippsland Cricket Association umpire for many seasons, and clocked up more than 450 games with the Latrobe Valley Umpires Association.
His style of taking a small step forward and raising the dreaded finger to give a batsman out in cricket became a trademark.
Walker was also a former director of umpiring at the LVUA. In more recent years he goal umpired and served as an observer of field umpires.
A number of tributes for Walker flowed online.
“A long and distinguished history in Gippsland sport will be well remembered over the next few days, safe travels old mate,” the LVUA said.
“The Morwell Cricket Club is saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Col Walker,” the Tigers posted.
“A long officiating umpire at local level and a character of the game, Col’s passion for cricket is second to none.
“RIP and Condolences to the Walker family.”
Latrobe Cricket Club also offered its condolences.
“The Latrobe Cricket Club are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Col Walker. A long time umpire and character of the game both on and off the field Col will be greatly missed by friends and family,” the Sharks said.
“We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our deepest condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.”
Club presidents and the board members of the Latrobe Valley and District League held a moments silence for Walker at a meeting on Monday night at Morwell Cricket Club.