Minute’s silence for cricketing all-rounder and family man

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017
Vernon Ryding
Vernon Ryding

A MINUTE’S silence was observed by Penrith Cricket Club players earlier this month to honour a team mainstay who has died following a short illness.

The funeral of Vernon Ryding, who was 71, will be held at Christ Church, Penrith, on Monday.

He was born in Alston and grew up in Garrigill with his mother, Jean, who still lives in the village, and father Frank, who was a foundry worker.

He attended primary school in Garrigill before moving on to attend secondary school in Alston.

After leaving school he worked for Bells of Lazonby, in the firm’s mobile shop, and later as an under-manager at Tebay West services. When the Junction 38 services were built he took on the role of manager there.

He met his future wife, Dulcie, at the Kirkoswald Youth Club Christmas party in the early 1960s and the couple were married at St. Oswald’s Church, Kirkoswald, in July, 1971.

They moved to Penrith after they were married, where they lived in Strickland Terrace, and had two sons — Carl, who was born in 1973, and Dave, who arrived a year later.

Vernon enjoyed playing dominoes and did so for The Royal, Penrith, for around 40 years.

As a cricketer he was described as an all-rounder who bowled quickly and accurately from not a long run.

He played for a number of team across Eden — as well as Penrith CC he also turned out for clubs including Nunwick and Gamblesby.

According to his son Dave, Vernon’s top score as a batsman was 70 in an innings, which he achieved at Lanercost. Dulcie added: “He was never going to break any records or anything, he just enjoyed it.”

Vernon took early retirement in 2003 but the move to a life of leisure did not agree with him and, after just a few weeks, he took a job as a member of the counter staff at Cranstons Food Hall, in Penrith, where he worked for approximately 10 years.

The couple moved to Scotby, near Carlisle, around a year ago. As well as Dulcie and his two sons he leaves three grandchildren — Adam, Joe and Ben.

Dulcie said Vernon was a “friendly and bubbly” man who loved to chat to people — which was part of the enjoyment he found while working at Cranstons.

He loved his extended family and would “do anything to help them”.