James S. Siew
Born: August 12, 1928 (Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago)
Died: March 16, 2014 (Ottawa, Ontario)
Member: Cricket Hall of Fame
Jim Siew, a legendary off-spinner in Ottawa cricket circles, served as president of the Canadian Cricket Association from 1994 to 1996.
Born in Princes Town on Trinidad, Siew came to Canada as a young man in 1947. he studied agriculture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he played rugby, soccer, and field hockey, as well as cricket He graduated with a science degree in 1956 before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force as a supply officer.
His military postings took him as far afield as Comox on Vancouver Island to Ottawa, where he developed a reputation both as a bowler and batsman. He represented four different provinces in his amateur career (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario), as well as representing Canada on tours of England and the West Indies.
After retiring from the armed forces, he went to Botswana to work on an aid project with the Canadian International Development Agency. While there, he helped establish a Botswana Umpires Association, a contribution he repeated after moving to Tanzania.
Siew was a longtime executive for cricket organizations at the city, provincial and national level. For his contributions as a builder, Siew was inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame at Hartford, Conn. In 1990, he was added to the Canadian Armed Forces Sports Honour Roll.
He leaves Winifred, his wife of 62 years; two sons; two daughters; four grandchildren; and, two great-grandchildren.