Colin Buttar Obituary, Death- We regret to inform you that Colin Buttar, a cherished member of the Cromwell cricket community, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80. Throughout his cricketing career, Colin wore several hats and demonstrated his various talents, forever changing the game and touching the lives of innumerable people. Colin Buttar was more than a household name; he was also a graceful batsman in the top order for the Hawke Cup.
His cricketing skill was on full display as he scored 2354 runs at an average of 21.59 across 115 innings, with a spectacular century included. His talents were not confined to the batting crease; he was also regarded as a “canny” bowler, having taken 45 wickets in just 508 deliveries while conceding only 2.38 runs per over. Together with Stewart McKnight, Colin reached a major milestone in 1964 when they were chosen to tour the world as members of the New Zealand Cricket Council XI.
His extraordinary skill and commitment to the game were on full display in this victory. The cricketing world wasn’t the end of the road for Colin. He was a dedicated member of the local cricket scene, having played for the Otago U20, U23, B, and Minor Associations. His long history of participation in the Crosby Morris competition in South Otago has made him a legendary figure there. Colin Buttar was not simply a player; he was a mentor and coach who touched the lives of hundreds of young aspiring cricketers throughout Central.
His expertise in teaching and his persistent dedication to helping prepare many SIPS Teams over the years have left an everlasting mark on the sport of cricket. Beyond his achievements on the field, Colin was an amazing groundsman. As a true monument to his love for cricket, he worked tirelessly to maintain the quality of the wickets at Clyde and Molyneux Park. Colin Buttar is remembered today not only for his cricketing prowess but also for his unflinching dedication to the Dunstan Club in Clyde and his charity toward his fellow members.
He was a loyal companion to many people who will miss him dearly. During this time of loss, please know that you have our deepest sympathies. Colin’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers, and his memory will live on in the hearts of those he touched. Friends, you may now relax. Your impact on cricket and the lives you changed will be recognized and appreciated for all time.