Merstham Cricket Club is sorry to be informed of the death of
David Loader, a much loved player and umpire.
David passed away on 14th June after struggling with
Parkinson's for seven years.
David played for Merstham in 50 consecutive seasons from 1965
to 2014 and continued to umpire once he could no longer turn his
David bowled leg breaks and took over 100 wickets in a season
on several occasions for Merstham, having moved from Kent in
He held the majority of committee positions during this time,
and also coached juniors. He enjoyed the Merstham tours to Devon,
managing one of the North Devon tours in the 1970s and had fond
memories of those, and all his times at Merstham.
David made many long-lasting and special friendships during
his long time at the club.