Cricket administrator Ewie Cronje, father of Hansie Cronje, dies of cancer
Ewie Cronje, the father of ex Proteas captain Hansie Cronje, died on Monday afternoon after a long battle with cancer.
His son Frans confirmed the news of his death.
The former president of the Free State Cricket Union died at the age of 80.
“My dad went to be with Lord at 2:05pm this afternoon [Monday]. He was at peace and we are so thankful for the full life he had and wonderful dad that he was.
“From my mom, my sister and me, thank you so much for all the wonderful messages of the last few months. We will not be able to answer phone calls today, but will read every WhatsApp and other message. With much love,” Frans Cronje's Instagram post read.
Ewie Cronje played 27 first-class matches for Free State between 1960 and 1971.
Cronje, who played a leading role in establishing cricket at the University of the Free State, was battling stomach cancer.
His son Hansie died at the age 32 in a tragic plane crash in June 2002.
Condolences have poured in for Ewie on social media.
Sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to family, friends and colleagues on the passing of Ewie Cronje, a true gentleman of sport in the Free State.— VKB Knights (@KnightsCricket) May 11, 2020
We are truly saddened by the loss. Our hearts go out to the Cronje family.
You will be sadly missed by all.#Rip#OomEwie pic.twitter.com/6mX5oIxa2n
Ewie Cronje, father of Hansie Cronje, passes away after a battle with stomach cancer.— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) May 11, 2020
"He was comfortable among important personages and equally at home helping to pull on the covers." ✍️@TelfordVice on one of the country's most respected figures.https://t.co/OPxe09VTmd
Am truly saddened to hear of the passing away of Ewie Cronje. Fun moments shared in the Afrikaans commentary box for 5 years. His was one of welcoming voices & a genuine kind- hearted human being. Knowledgeable, kind & caring always. Thanks Sir. #RIP pic.twitter.com/XveYAimHzA— Dev Govindjee (@DevMatchRef) May 11, 2020
RIP Ewie Cronje - a great man, and one of those responsible for making FS cricket such a force. Rest well, Sir— Craig Matthews (@craigmatth) May 11, 2020