Keith Moss has paid a personal tribute to former umpire John Hardaker who has died aged 87.
The league president knew him as both a work colleague and a match official and has praised the contribution he made to umpiring in the Bradford League.
He said: "I knew him firstly as a much-valued colleague at builders and plumbers merchants, Rycrofts Ltd. of Bolling Road, Bradford. John joined the company in the early seventies following retirement from the police force.
"How well I remember how we always managed to find time on a Monday morning in the season to discuss the previous Saturday's league fixtures.
" John was a very well regarded umpire in the Bradford League and that brought me in close contact with him. Without doubt one of the finest umpires to have graced the league. As befitting a former police officer he stood no nonsense on the field of play. He was a lifed member of the Umpires Association.
"The important thing is he had the respect of all players. Firm but fair sums him up perfectly. He served the league well. I am proud to have known him. He was a perfect gentlemen in ever respect.
" May I on behalf of all members of the league express our sincere condolences to John's wife Hilda, his son Richard and two grandchildren."
John's funeral service and cremation will be held at Nab Wood Crematorium on Thursday, February 6, at 2pm.