It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our highly respected and much loved Trustee Jack Miller who succumbed to coronavirus on 15th December. He leaves behind his wife Alison and daughter Caroline who was by his bedside right to the end as he fought valiantly against the disease.
Jack, who became a Trustee in March 2001, made a phenomenal contribution to the stability and effectiveness of London Playing Fields Foundation through his absolute commitment to the charity’s cause, his fantastic legal expertise and his soaring intellect. During his tenure he was the first port of call whenever the Foundation needed legal advice and he was the mainstay of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. In fact Jack was one of the reasons why the charity has enjoyed two decades of relative calm and has increased its profile as one of London’s leading grass roots sport providers. Unflappable under pressure he was a great reassuring presence and always managed to help the charity to find the solution and appropriate course of action.
Given his professional background as the former Head of the Legal Department at Midland Bank and his flair for sports administration, as his time as Secretary of Old Cranleighan Hockey Club and Richmond Cricket Club testify, he was ideal Trustee material and soon became a role model for others who joined the LPFF Council. An outstanding opening batsman and wicketkeeper in his younger days, his love and knowledge of sport knew no bounds and he took a keen interest in all of the Foundation’s activities. Fellow Trustees and staff members all benefitted greatly from his wisdom and generosity of spirit and he will be sorely missed.
LPFF CEO Alex Welsh said: “Jack’s contribution to the charity and its work is incalculable. He was simply a one-off and what struck me most about him was his innate kindness, unswerving loyalty and perennially positive attitude. It was a privilege to know him and count him as a friend.”
Jack’s family have asked for donations towards the charity in lieu of flowers. If you would like to donate in Jack’s memory you can do so here.