Ben Stokes pays tribute following death of father Ged
Ged Stokes, former New Zealand rugby league international and father of Ben Stokes has died after battling brain cancer; Stokes played for and coached Workington; He also coached Whitehaven as well as New Zealand A
Last Updated: 09/12/20 8:37am
Ben Stokes has paid tribute to his father Ged who died on Tuesday following a short battle with brain cancer at the age of 65.
In a post on social media, Ben Stokes wrote: "In different places now me and you Ged, but knowing you'll always have this smile on your face makes me smile every time I think of you."
Stokes was with the England cricket team in South Africa until it was announced earlier this week that the tour would be postponed.
Stokes missed the majority of England's summer Test series against Pakistan to be with his father in Christchurch after it was announced in August that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Ged Stokes was a prop from Canterbury in New Zealand who was in the Kiwis 1982 tour party to Australia.
Stokes then came to play 13 games for Workington Town when they were in the top division in 1982-83, making his debut in an 8-0 defeat of Warrington. He later coached Workington between 2004 and 2007 and Whitehaven from 2008 to 2010.
He also coached New Zealand 'A' on their 2003 tour of Great Britain.
The Rugby Football League said on Twitter: "We are saddened to learn that Ged Stokes has passed away.
"Ged was a New Zealand international who became a fine servant to the British game with his work in Rugby League across Cumbria.
"The RFL sends its condolences to the Stokes family. Rest in Peace, Ged."
England Cricket said on Twitter: "All our thoughts are with Ben Stokes and his family following the passing of his father, Ged."
Workington said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we learn that our former player and coach Ged Stokes has passed away.
"Ged is written into the fabric of Town history and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Deb, Ben and James.
"Ged still has many, many friends in West Cumbria and we send our thoughts to them too."
Whitehaven also said they were "deeply saddened" by the death of a figure who was "a major part of Cumbrian rugby league".