The basketball community has lost one of our greatest contributors in the passing of Cedric Cudby on Sunday.
Cedric was a life member of Basketball New Zealand and the Hutt Valley Association. His involvement with basketball can be traced back to 1948. He was a manager of New Zealand Men’s teams between 1965 and 1971. Cedric was also was a member of the New Zealand Men’s Basketball Association and New Zealand Basketball Federation for 18 years (1963- 1980), being Vice-President from 1972-1980. He was recognised by FIBA who awarded him with a Movers and Shapers Award for his contribution to the sport here and in the Oceania region.
He later represented New Zealand as part of FIBA Oceania - he was instrumental in ensuring that Oceania became a zone in the first place. That effort meant New Zealand's interests were looked after and it resulted in regular international games, particularly against Australia who had often refused to play New Zealand prior. The zone also meant New Zealand basketball had a better path to enter the Olympics and world championships. Those international opportunities greatly helped the game develop in Aotearoa.
One of Cedric’s greatest legacies must be his spearheading of the development of the Walter Nash Stadium. He worked tirelessly with the Council to get it designed and built. The facility opened in 1976.
In the 1980's financial pressure saw the council struggling to run Walter Nash Stadium. Cedric and his wonderful late wife Jesse mortgaged their home to provide a guarantee so that could stay open and Hutt Valley Basketball could continue. For the next 25 years they worked under financial pressure with this burden until the Hutt City Council bought the stadium. Eventually the Council resumed guardianship of the stadium, but Cedric and Jesse continued to upgrade for the venue that helped see it upgraded.
In 2016 Cedric was inducted into the Basketball New Zealand Hall of Fame.
The Cudbys were both extremely dedicated volunteers to basketball. They did a great service to our sport, our community and the community of Hutt Valley community especially. The effects of their compassion and selflessness will be far reaching – far greater than what can be accounted for is in this note of respect.
Our thoughts are with the Cudby family at this sad time. We will remember Cedric as an inspiring person who made great sacrifices for the benefit of others.
Cedric's funeral in to be held on Monday 17 June at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, at 11am (59 Waiwhetu Rd, Lower Hutt)