Auckland Cricket legend Sir John Graham dies

Auckland Cricket  Association Patron and board member Sir John  Graham KNZM CBE ED has passed away, aged 82.

Sir John lived a decorated life on and off the sports field, accomplishing a glittering list of achievements while  touching the lives of many.

He was a prominent figure in two of New Zealand’s biggest sports, cricket and rugby, and was the BLACKCAPS team manager from 1997 to 1999.

Between 1958 and 1964 Sir John played 22 Tests for the All Blacks, captaining the side three times. He was also President of the New Zealand Rugby Union from 2005 to 2007.

As well as being Auckland Cricket’s Patron and a board member for the past 18 years, Sir John was Vice President of Cornwall Cricket Club and a Cornwall Cricket Development Foundation Trustee.

Sir John was heavily involved in education, serving as Auckland Grammar School headmaster for 20 years before later holding the  post as Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1999 to 2004.

The honours and accolades were plentiful throughout Sir John’s life with a CBE honour in 1994 for services to education and the community, given more weight in 2011 by a knighthood.

In his later years, Sir John Graham battled cancer but always maintained his love of sport, education and people.