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Surrey County Cricket Club is sad to announce the death of its former Chairman and President David Stewart, who has passed away after a short illness at the age of 79.

A Member of the General Committee from 1995, Treasurer in 1997 and then Chairman of the Club from 2003 to 2008 and President in 2017 and 2018, David was central to the commercial transformation of Surrey CCC in the late 1990s and early part of the 21st century.

He is the only individual in the Club’s 176 year history to have served as Treasurer, Chairman and President.

A former board member of the ECB, Stewart’s legacy at Surrey is defined by the building of the OCS Stand at the Vauxhall End of the ground and the staging agreement that guaranteed international cricket every year and made the stand’s construction possible.

Richard Thompson, Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club, said: “To have had the honour of working closely with David for over twenty years provides memories I will hold dearly.

“Having learned so much from him, I will forever be humbled by the unconditional support he offered as I followed him as Chairman. He was a true friend and mentor.

“Few men have achieved so much in their lives, but remain utterly grounded, without ego or malice. David will always be judged by what he gave. Few have given more, with a legacy that will have lasting and meaningful impact. My life, as many others, were the richer for knowing David Stewart.”

The flag at the Kia Oval will be flown at half-mast in David’s honour and a full obituary to David can be read here.