We have heard the sad news that Frank Ketley, an Honorary Life member who used to score for Sussex 2nd XI until his retirement in 1995, died in April 2013. Cliff Booth (Kent) has sent the following tribute:
I was very sorry to hear the very sad news about Frank. It was always a pleasure to score with him and listen to his jokes and stories some of which were against himself. He also liked to call all his colleagues Jolly Nice Persons and usually abbreviated it to JNP. He did a team poster at one game against Kent, after my name as scorer he put the letters JNP and then took great pleasure in telling spectators who asked him that it meant I had recently been made a Magistrate and for the 1st 6 months after my appointment I had to put a N in between the J & P to show I was new.
For the rest of the season all the Kent side believed I was a magistrate.
Frank was also very appreciative at one game at Hove, after he had retired when he called in to say hello just before the tea interval, and was invited by the two scorers to come into tea. As soon as he walked in to the tea room Alan Ealham, the Kent coach and then Matthew Fleming came up to him to say how nice it was to see him and proceeded to chat with him for a few minutes. He told me afterwards that no one from Sussex had bothered to speak to him and they gave the impression that apart from their scorer they did not know who he was.
He had only been retired for just over a year and he always said that Kent knew who he was, even if Sussex did not.
He will be very sadly missed.