Trevor Henry Wholohan O.A.M.
The Nepean District Cricket Association was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Life Member, former President, Vice-President and Assistant Secretary as well as Chairman of the Centenary Committee of the NDCA, Mr Trevor Wholohan OAM. Trevor passed away on 17 July 2017 at the age of 79. Trevor’s contribution to cricket in the district was enormous and spanned over six decades as a player, coach, selector and administrator.
Trevor, born in Penrith but spending the first decade of his life in the country, began playing as a nine year old with friends from the local Coolah School, 70 miles north of Mudgee. He joked that he was the 11th player picked for his first team.
On the family’s return to Penrith, Trevor played in the first ever junior competition in the district in 1949, scoring the first ever century in that competition in 1951. Trevor played locally with the Penrith RSL and Rovers Clubs before linking with the Central Cumberland Club, which played in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition, from 1954-63. Trevor played alongside the great Richie Benaud in the year that Benaud was made the Australian Test captain in 1958-59.
Trevor returned to the local cricket scene and in 1973 was the inaugural Secretary of the Penrith Grade Club (known as Nepean until 1978) and also served with distinction as President for 16 years. One of Trevor’s proudest achievements in cricket was being President when Penrith won their first ever 1st Grade Premiership in 1978-79. Trevor took over as President of the NDCA in the 1997-98 season and was the driving force behind the linking of the older generation, long-established committee and the current day committee. Trevor also successfully oversaw the celebration of the NDCA Centenary celebrations, again working tirelessly in this role. Finally, Trevor served on the Management Committee of the NDCA again from the early 2000s until 2010.
In 2011, the new function room in the N.A. Hunter Pavilion at Howell Oval was named after Trevor and officially opened by then Federal Member for Lindsay, Mr David Bradbury.
Trevor’s list of achievements in the game is extraordinarily long and includes:
Trevor often pondered that cricket was a way of life for him and no one that knew Trevor could ever doubt his passion for, dedication to and love of the game. He worked tirelessly over many years to improve facilities and conditions for all cricketers across the district. His efforts will be long-remembered as will his forthright opinions, his work ethic, and his unwavering integrity, honesty and loyalty. Trevor is truly a local icon and legend.
Trevor is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia, his children Gai and Michael and their partners Adrian and Jo, and his grandchildren Jake and Emma. We pass on our deepest and sincere condolences to the family.
Rest in peace, Mr Trevor Henry Wholohan OAM.
* Family and friends of TREVOR are warmly invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held in the North Chapel of Pinegrove Crematorium, Pinegrove Memorial Park, Kington Street, Minchinbury on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 commencing at 11.00 am.