I was deeply saddened to read this, and I'm not sure words can do justice. Tariq was the very essence of the word gentleman, and I have fond memories of spending afternoons sitting with him putting the world to rights at cricket.. A lovely genuine and kind man who will be missed greatly. I'll always remember him teaching Aleksander how to umpire one evening at nets, which he has never forgotten. RIP Tariq and my thoughts are with you all.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Erika, Ahmed & Ramsey. Tariq was a wonderful gentleman who was always there for his friends. We shall miss him very much and Cricket is certainly not the same without him being there. RIP Tariq
I was shocked & sad to hear the news of Tariqs passing away.We joined the club around the same time & have fond memories of our many chats about cricket be it my captaincy, my dodgy batting or his dodgy umpiring. Good times. But my fondest memory of Tariq will be the time he took to do one to one sessions with my son Harry to improve his bowling technique, he managed with his knowledge,patience & always with a sense of humour to turn Harry into a decent bowler. Tariq was a true gent, a good friend & a great servant to l'oust in those early years. RIP Tariq
Very saddened to hear of Tariq's passing. I only met him a few times when playing for Nantes against Oust, but he always came across as a very nice and decent bloke. I'd like to express my condoleonces to his family and all of you at the club. Rest in peace, Tariq.
It was with great shock and a loss for words when i heard this news. Tariq was such a lovely, intelligent and witty gentleman. He was a great support to me when I lost Paul; together they had had such a short but memorable friendship. My thoughts are with his family. Such a tragic loss. RIP Tariq.
My mate i fondly called Triq.... The gentle giant! One of the most genuine, knowledgeable, honest & sweetest people i have ever had the pleasure to call my friend. We shared hours putting the world to rights both at cricket & in my home. He always played with my boys & they loved him too. I am so sorry i cant be there to say goodbye, I'll miss not seeing him on my return as planned. To Erika, Ahmed & Ramsey i send you all the love at this sad sad time. & is great mate Jon who must be lost xxx
I was so sorry to hear from Jon, that Tariq had died at such a young age. It was a pleasure to have known him & I offer my condolences to his family, who must be devastated.
So sad to hear of Tariq's passing, truly shocking.
I'm sure I speak for all at the Ormes when I say that he will be missed at any and all games played between our 2 clubs. Whether it was discussing cricket laws or teaching Charlie how to use the flight simulator on his computer (both of which he knew more about than any of the rest of us!) he was always the best of company.
I'll miss your heartfelt welcoming bear hugs big fella...A big man with a big heart...R.I.P...
This is the text of my eulogy at Tariq's service:
I met Tariq in the Alzey bar in Josselin in 2005. After a couple more meetings, I realised that his name was, in fact, Tariq and not Derek. He was a pretty mean darts player, and over further evenings it became apparent that here was a kind humorous person who had a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of subjects.
Luckily for me, one of these subjects was cricket, and Tariq became a reliable, helpful and supportive member of Club Cricket de l'Oust, quickly making the scorer's position his own.
But it went deeper than that; several of the club players have testified to the time that Tariq devoted to developing them in one way or another. Each new comment I see or hear about Tariq's helping or guiding hand makes me think "Yes, he used to do that with me, too".
Tariq was particularly helpful when we were trying to set up a cricket association for North-West France. Luckily we were able to combine this quest with our other one – to find a decent curry house in Brittany ; unfortunately, both these quests failed.
On several occasions, I was invited over for falafel, and spent lovely evenings eating much more than I should, and enjoying Tariq's hospitality.
But a lot of our shared time was spent driving to cricket matches all round north-west France. During these, we subjected each other to our particular, or peculiar, tastes in music, depending on who was driving. Other activities presented themselves to pass the time – we never did accurately count the number of wind turbines between Josselin and Silfiac, and it is a source of great sadness that now we never will. We did establish, however, that Brittany seems to be the dumping ground for turbines – there's scarcely one to be found the other side of Nantes, and, believe me, we did look! Then there was 'the Norbert game', where we tried to be the first to spot the red lorries of a particular transport company.
But under all this there was the more serious side to Tariq – I often sought his opinions and could always rely on the thoughtfulness and wisdom of his response.
Tariq stopped scoring for us last year – everywhere we went we got the same response -
"Oh he's not scoring this year"
"That's a shame ; he's a great bloke"
And he was; he was reliable, helpful, kind, supportive, wise, and I, along with so many others was proud and privileged to call him 'friend'.
Au revoir mate
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Tariq. I spent many a pleasant hour chatting with him during our cricket matches. He will be very sadly missed. My thoughts are with you all and l will be raising a glass or two of vin blanc in his memory. Rest in peace, Tariq,
Shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news on Tariqs passing. I will never forget all the time and effort he put in to teaching me how to bowl. Nor will I forget the numerous times we swapped food tips during training. He was a great joy to be around and will be missed by many. My fondest memory of cricket was being taught how to bowl properly and learn all the different techniques. I'm glad I was taught by you, you made me believe in myself. I could never forget that. So thank you x
How sad to hear poor old Tariq has died. They always take the best ones first. I am trying to get over for the wake. Subject to Ryanair.
I can't believe I'm so far out of the loop this sad news hadn't reached me 'til today. My condolences to all his family and friends. He was one of the first people I met at de l'Oust when I'd just joined CBCC. A really nice guy with a great knowledge and love of cricket. My wife, Sheelagh, was also shocked to hear the news. She'd been our scorer with Tariq more than once and appreciated his dedicated approach to scoring, his enthusiasm and his company.
I have only just learned about Tariqs passing even be it several months ago now and am lost for words, I have been away from the Josselin area since 2014 and I wish I had known earlier as I would have come to his service.
My heart still goes out to his family, he was such a lovely man, very kind, thoughtful and great with kids. We spent many times chatting on the phone and when I was in Josselin would pop in and see him, he was always so welcoming.
The best people always go first, it's not fair but life isn't fair at times. RIP Tariq you are missed by many.