“It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.”

Peacefully at rest on Saturday June 13th, 2020, Peter aged 93 years of Hartshill, a devoted husband of the late Julia and Monica, a treasured friend of Renee, a loving dad of Rosemary, Ian, Lawrence, Ann, Stuart and Debra. A cherished father-in-law to Keith, Tony, Denise, Sarah and the late Margaret. Also a much loved grandad and great grandad.

Peter James Joseph Brooke McColl was born in Shipston on Stour on 29th May 1927. His mother was a nurse and his father a Post Office wireman. He was a dedicated family man with an amazing capacity for love, life and learning; and he sported a keen sense of humour. He had a passion for gardening, growing fresh vegetables and cricket.

Peter will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all his loving family and many friends.

Due to the current restrictions a private family graveside service at Our Lady of The Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Swynnerton on Wednesday 24th June, 2020. A mass will take place at Our Lady of the Angels & St.Peter in Chains Roman Catholic Church, Stoke to celebrate dad’s life at a later date.

Floral tributes are welcome care of the Funeral Directors.

For any further enquiries please call Kevin Lownds Funeral Services on 01782 914777

Date Passed: 13th June 2020

Funeral Date: 24th June 2020

Kevin Lownds Funeral Service


  1. A lovely man and a good innings at 93! He did a lot for cricket in general and umpiring in particular.
    I first met him in 1967 when I started umpiring in North Staffs and South Cheshire Cricket League. He observed and mentored me on several occasions – always polite and helpful.
    In 1974, we helped to start the North West Midlands Branch of The Association of Cricket Umpires, as it was originally called. He became an Examiner and an Instructor and taught a generation of aspiring umpires and scorers in the area, sometimes going as far as Shrewsbury for an evening class.
    I believe he spent several years on the Minor Counties Panel and was very well respected by all the players.
    He was made a Life Vice President of NSSCPCL.
    Sadly missed but fondly remembered.

  2. He instructed a course for umpires which I attended in the late 70’s. His sole teaching aid was the tiny blackboard beside the dart board used for keeping the score. What would he have made of our all-singing, all-dancing “presentations”?
    I recall very clearly the assiduous marking of homework.. It was done with a conscientiousness which was quite wonderful. For PMc the homework was as essential as the taught element. At the end we felt we had had as sound a teaching as it was possible to have.
    I was indebted to him for recommending me to our league executive as his replacement when he retired as the league’s umpires assessor.
    I knew him on a more personal level when I converted to Roman Catholicism for he was my mentor and my supporter at the Mass in which I was taken into the Church.
    For those of us who remember him Peter McColl will remain in our memories for a very long time

    • Thank you Derek for sharing your recollections with us. It certainly provides us with great comfort knowing how well people regarded him. As children, we certainly had Lots of fun accompanying him to all the cricket grounds across the county!!
      Kind regards
      Peter’s family

  3. Sad that Peter has left us, I first met him when I was still playing and on this particular day I was playing at Newcastle and Hartshill and was walking around the ground when Peter introduced himself to me and basically wanted to know if I was going to umpire when I finished playing, I’m guessing he must have had a word with a few players to get them into umpiring and it certainly made me think of what to do when I finished playing, I’m guessing he persuaded a few people to umpire

    • Thanks Steve for your message and memories of dad. He was always so passionate about cricket and his umpiring. We visited all the ground in the county with him as children, so have very fond memories too. Thank you and best wishes from the family x

  4. Am sad to have lost a friend in Pete Mc. Coll. I met him in the early Seventies. He calmly encouraged me not to forget umpiring before hanging up my boots. R.I.P.

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