SINGAPORE - His heart was always with the Singapore Cricket Club and that's where he had his last party.
President of the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) Michael Grice, 70, died on Sunday morning after a fall at the club.
Mr Grice was at the SCC's Twenty/20 Tournament on Saturday night and he had "spoken with his usual passion and wit" during the tournament dinner, the club said in a letter circulated to members.
He was going down the stairs when he tripped and fell. He bled from a head wound and was taken to the Singapore General Hospital, but died shortly after, his friends said.
The Englishman had lived in Singapore for over 40 years and had a long relationship with the club. He had just been elected president in April.
Shock and grief in the local sporting community followed the news of Mr Grice's death.
Journalist Suresh Nair, 59, who was vice-president of the Singapore Recreation Club from 1991 to 1996, said that Mr Grice had inspired him.
"A gentleman with no 'airs', he was a volunteer extraordinary, spending countless hours at SCC, having his hand in every major sporting activity, from football, rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, tennis, squash and lawn bowls," Mr Nair posted on his Facebook page yesterday.
Former national hockey player Teng Kwang Siang, 66, also admired Mr Grice for his humility.
"We never talked about anything else but hockey. He was very down to earth and blended very well with the locals.
Mr Grice had been found unconscious near the club entrance, reported The Straits Times.
One of his best friends, business consultant Jurgen Martiens, 71, was devastated by the loss.
The German had known Mr Grice for 43 years and they used to play football together.
He said: "We grew old together, with all our friends... I was hoping that I would have a few more years with him."
The men were also very fond of local food such as chicken rice and bak ku teh, said Mr Jurgen, and they had planned to meet for lunch at the Tanglin Club on Wednesday.
He remembers his friend as someone who was always thinking about contributing to the club.
Mr Grice's death comes after the demise of local football icon Lee Kok Seng last Friday.
This article was first published on August 25, 2014.
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