It came as a great shock to us all to hear of the death of Ken Merchant on the 2nd April 2020. Sadly, this awful news became even worse as we further learned that both Ken and his wife Joan died in adjoining beds in Southend Hospital on the same day.
Ken was a pillar of the Cricket Society Trust having been appointed as a founding trustee of the Trust in 1992 when The Executive Committee of the Society agreed to turn the Society’s Welfare Fund into a charitable trust. For the next 27 years, until his retirement as Secretary of the Trust last year, Ken was at the centre of the Trust’s administration and of our charitable giving. In those activities he exhibited massive competence, which might have been inferred from his career in business and also a great love of cricket and imminence benevolence.
Ken worked initially in Liverpool for Overseas Containers Ltd and then took on a senior management role in London and Rotterdam and latterly P&O Nedlloyd. He has been a lifelong Liverpool football supporter and an Executive member of Essex Cricket Club. He was a radio presenter and the Chairman of Southend Hospital Radio Services.
The picture below shows Ken at his best, interviewing the broadcaster Charles Colvile at Arundel in 2005, during a fund-raising event for The Cricket Society Trust.