Off to war: Troops boarding the SS Mataroa in St. George’s on June 24, 1940. Private Tommy Aitchison is seen here at the front, playing the bagpipes. *Photo supplied
Off to war: Troops boarding the SS Mataroa in St. George’s on June 24, 1940. Private Tommy Aitchison is seen here at the front, playing the bagpipes. *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4: Bermuda Cricket Annual editor Thomas Aitchison passed away in Arizona last night at age 95.

The well-known sports figure had taken up residence in the US after leaving the island several years ago.

As a sports editor for the Mid Ocean News, Aitchison covered much ground but is perhaps best remembered for his role as editor for Bermuda Cricket Annual that highlighted both domestic and international cricket achievements.

The Bermuda Cricket Annual was a publication “dedicated to the development of cricket in Bermuda and to the encouragement of good sportsmanship, better understanding and the best in cricket everywhere”.  

The late editor and statistician also kept records for Cup Match as well as the three respective counties cricket associations.
He also served as an accountant and records committee chairman for what was then known as the Bermuda Cricket Board of Control (BCBC).

Among those paying tribute to Mr. Aitchison in the wake of his death was former Western Stars captain and respected umpire Randy Butler.

He said: “Tommy was a real cricket enthusiast who had a great concern for keeping stats on Bermuda cricket. He was a very good cricket historian as well.

“His thing was keeping the records up to date and he always had the stats and everything like that, which took a lot of work to compile.”

Mr. Butler added: “Tommy was a very quiet man but when he did speak to cricketers at the ground he always had kind words to say.
“His passing is a sad loss to Bermuda cricket because he always had our cricket at heart.”