Tributes paid to coin collecting fan of cricket

Steve de Clermont
Steve de Clermont

A FORMER Eastbourne College pupil with a keen interest in coin collecting and Sussex cricket died last week.

Despite collecting coins from across the globe, with a particular interest in the Middle East variety, Steve de Clermont’s heart always returned to Sussex’s County Cricket Club grounds.

Mr de Clermont, who died aged 68, became a member of Sussex CCC in the 1950s and always found time to be at Hove for his favourite away matches at Taunton or Worcester - attending the last match of the 2010 season there.

Jim May, the Sussex CCC chairman, said, “We are in considerable shock having lost Steve so suddenly.

“He was one of the many members of the Sussex cricket family who do so much behind the scenes.

“He will be greatly missed by us all. Our thoughts are with Steve’s wife Jane and his three daughters.”

Mr de Clermont’s love affair with the game started at Eastbourne College where he represented the school and he continued to contribute to the game long after he stopped playing.

He set up the Sussex Cricket Museum and Educational Trust (SCMET) of which he was the founding chairman and a generous sponsor. The SCMET is currently working to develop a new cricket museum in the pavilion at Hove. Mr de Clermont set out a vision for this museum to be the best of its type in the country and, despite his illness, he was still working tirelessly to make his dream a reality.

Sussex cricket author Nicholas Sharp, who is a trustee of the museum charity, said, “Steve was a generous supporter of Sussex cricket and the museum in particular.”

Mr de Clermont, who worked with museums and the world’s most prominent coin collectors, extended this passion to cricket books, collecting rare early editions on the history of cricket.

Mr de Clermont leaves behind wife Jane and three children.