We at Cricket Canada are saddened to learn about passing of Kevin Boller, renowned historian who had put Canadian Cricket on the world map.
Kevin’s work included documenting 90% of the matches during his time and writing over 600 articles. He held several positions with Canadian Cricket Association, Toronto District Cricket Association & Ontario Cricket Association (now Cricket Canada and Cricket Ontario).
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to his family and pray to god to give them strength and courage to cope with the loss.
Born in Candelo, New South Wales, Australia in 1935, during his early tears he played cricket in Sydney. He also lived in Auckland, New Zealand before spending 14 years in the Royal Australian Navy. During those years he played in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Guinea.
Arriving from Belfast, Ireland in 1972, Kevin soon found a forum to continue his passion, playing, writing and researching cricket supported by his wife (Maureen) who gave him tremendous assistance.
In 1973, Kevin joined the Tranzac Cricket club and served in the positions of President; Secretary/Treasurer; Secretary and now Life Member. Served on the Toronto & District Cricket Association as Secretary in 1978 and 1981;Vice President in 1980.
Kevin continued his love for the development of the sport administratively serving the Ontario Cricket Association as its Secretary from 1979 – 1988, Public Relations Officer 1978 – 1992 and 1994 – 2007; Historian 1978 – 2008.
1977 – 1996 posed one of the great challenges for Kevin as a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Cricketer Magazine. During this period, along with his other activities in the other cricket organizations, he took on the task of Public Relations Officer and Historian from 1978 – 2008 and through his research was able to write among other articles a detailed History of Canadian Cricket, Sir Don Bradman’s visit to Canada; and to date continues to keep Canadian records current.
As a member of the organizing committee for the ICC Trophy 2001 played in Canada, Kevin worked tirelessly but without much success to have a postage stamp produced to commemorate what was the largest major cricket tournament to be staged in the world at
In 2005 Kevin and his wife (Maureen) performed key roles in the formation of the Canadian Women’s Cricket Association and from that day Women’s cricket have had a steady growth across the country. Kevin and (Maureen) have provided a trophy in Maureen’s name to be played for between Canada and the USA women’s teams.
Kevin has served in the development of Canadian Cricket through his research as a Historian his writings, as Public Relations Officer and Administrator at all levels has been in excess of 30 years. Kevin was also a member of the Surrey Cricket Club, England
1981 – 2008.
Kevin has been a recipient of the ICC Americas Lifetime Service Award recognizing his contribution to Cricket in the Americas.
Pic credits: Cricket Nation Facebook account -June 17, 2013, Toronto Cricket Club members Howard Petrook and Ron Aldridge along with filmmaker Stephen Young-Chin, presented Kevin Boller with a special gift to commemorate and give recognition to Kevin’s 30 plus years of service and dedication to the preservation of Canadian cricket history. The poster is of Kevin and was taken at Ron Aldrige’s home during the filming of Cricket Nation, the film about Canadian cricket history. Kevin plays one of the lead rolls in the film as the Canadian cricket historian.