Elise Lombard passes away suddenly
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has learned with shock and dismay that Elise Lombard, CEO of both the Northerns Cricket Union and the Easterns’ Titans franchise, passed away suddenly this morning after suffering a heart attack.
“This has come as a huge blow to all of us and one that will be felt by the entire CSA family throughout the country,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul. “On behalf of all the participants and supporters of our wonderful game, I extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues.
“During her time in office she turned the Easterns Titans franchise into one of the powerhouses in the land and she contributed enormously to the financial well-being of the game.
“Only yesterday she was the guest speaker at CSA’s function to celebrate National Women’s Day and it was typical of her that she also found time to send Mark Boucher a special message of support for his recovery and the new initiative he has launched to save our rhinos.”
Vincent Sinovich, president of the Northerns Cricket Union, commented: “It is with deep shock and sincere regret that I announce the untimely death of our CEO, Elise Lombard, on Thursday, 9 August, 2012, as a result of a heart attack.
“I would like to place on record Elise’s commitment to cricket over the past 32 years, her unwavering dedication and the efficient way she fulfilled her role as CEO, beyond the boundaries of duty. Elise is a great loss to the Union and also to the cricket world.
“On behalf of my Executive, my Board, the players, the staff (past and present) and fellow cricket followers, we extend our deepest condolences to Elise’s family: Eloise & Rudi, Louis, Karen and grandchildren George and Mia.
“Elise will be greatly missed by all those in the cricket fraternity.”
Andy O’Connor, Chairman of Easterns Titans franchise, said: “I am deeply saddened and we at Easterns Titans are going to miss her dearly.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.