An elderly Shropshire couple died within two weeks of each other after being married for nearly 70 years.
Relatives and friends of Eric and Millie Lomas today paid tribute to the couple, describing them as "wonderful". Mr Lomas died on Tuesday aged 87 and his wife, who was 88, died on April 20.
The couple lived in Telford for more than 40 years and were well-known in Shropshire's cricket circles for their efforts at promoting the sport in the county.
Daughter Erica Jones, 60, said the whole family was deeply upset and felt numb with shock about the death of the couple.
She said: "I don't think it's quite sunk in yet. It's obviously very upsetting to lose both of them so close together.
"Mum and dad were liked by everyone, such a lovely couple. They were fanatical about St Georges Cricket Club.
"Dad was involved at every level in the club and mum used to score at the games. They made many friends there.
"They were the best parents anyone could wish for and I will miss them always."
Mike Waldron, honorary secretary at St Georges Cricket Club, also paid tribute.
He said: "Eric joined St Georges in the mid-1960s and from that time until the end of his life he was a key driving force at the club.
"He was instrumental in developing an organised youth section, without which the club would not today exist.
"It was he who managed to bring a series of NatWest Trophy matches to St Georges, the most notable of which was Shropshire's famous victory over Yorkshire in 1984.
"He was also an active member of the Shropshire County Cricket Club, holding at various times the positions of vice-chairman and chairman of selectors.
"What makes their passing so sad was the fact they were such lovely people. They leave many, many friends behind."
The couple are survived by three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
There will be a joint funeral for the couple at St Georges Church on May 17. The funeral will begin at 12.45pm and will be followed by a short service at Telford Crematorium.
There will be a gathering for friends and family afterwards at St Georges Sports and Social Club.
For information on the service call L Tranter and Son Funeral Directors on (01952) 613932.