Tribute has been paid to a popular member of Wisbech Town Cricket Club.
Adie Peck, 39, of Walpole St Peter, lost his fight to cancer on April 30 in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, after battling the disease for about a year.
Mr Peck was diagnosed in spring last year and underwent treatment.
Father-of-two Mr Peck had been a huge part of the club for more than a decade.
His team mates are planning to honour Mr Peck during their first six-a-side tournament later this month.
Gavin Plume, the club’s welfare officer and financial secretary, grew up with Mr Peck and has paid tribute to his friend. Mr Plume said: “He was like a brother to me. He was always there for me and I was there for him. Adie was a massive part of my life.
“He had his ups and downs but even during his last few days he had a smile on his face.
“Adie had a distinctive laugh which many people will remember him for.
“He was very well respected.”
Mr Peck had attended Marshland High School and played in numerous teams in the King’s Lynn league.
He had also played for the Macmillan Football Team.
Mr Peck, who worked at the Nestle Purina factory in Wisbech, was also a big speedway fan attending many midweek meetings at the King’s Lynn arena.
Mr Plume said: “He had a big group of friends and people thought a lot of him.
“I have seen that in the last couple of weeks before he died. He had a lot of people coming to see him from all over the country.”
Captain of Wisbech Town Cricket Club Gary Freear has also paid tribute.
He said: “He was a big character in the club.
“He would come to support hockey and cricket matches and his voice was the one you would hear from the sidelines.
“It is a big loss for the club. We will be definitely be honouring him at the tournament.”
A funeral service for Mr Peck will be held at the Mintlyn Crematorium, King’s Lynn, today at 1.45pm.
The club was due to play a mid-week match against March but this has been re-arranged.
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