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Hundreds bid De Souza farewell

By WALTER ALIBEY Friday, October 19 2007

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A PACKED St Finbar's RC Church in Diego Martin yesterday for the funeral of former national cricketer Richard De Souza....
A PACKED St Finbar's RC Church in Diego Martin yesterday for the funeral of former national cricketer Richard De Souza....

FORMER national cricketer, administrator and businessman Richard De Souza yesterday played his last innings before a full house comprising hundreds of his colleagues, friends, family and well wishers.

They packed the overflowing St Finbar’s Roman Catholic Church, Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin for his funeral service.

Considered the best batsman who never played for the West Indies cricket team, De Souza died following a long battle with cancer last week at the age of 59.

And before being sent to his final resting place at the Mucurapo cemetery, a number of former West Indies greats some from overseas, paid their final respects to their friend and colleague.

Among them lanky fast bowler from Barbados Joel “Big Bird” Garner and countryman Rev Wes Hall, a former president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

De Souza was an executive at the CLICO Credit Union, managing-director of Flavorite Ice Cream and was a former Trinidad and Tobago representative on the WICB. His daughter Jauharah De Souza read the eulogy and described her father as “a real daddy” to her and her siblings Bevan and Nikolay.

His wife Sharon was also present to bid her husband farewell.

Retired West Indies batting star Brian Lara also took some time to remember De Souza who played a role in his cricketing career as well as members of other various sporting disciplines who also knew De Souza.

They included Brian Lewis, the Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic Committee general secretary; former national footballer Everald “Gally” Cummings; ex-national striker Ron La Forest; Alloy Lequay, former cricket board president; Patrick Rampersad, a member of the TT Cricket Board; as well as TTCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Forbes Persaud and president Deryck Murray.

Chetram Singh, president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) described De Souza as “a hard worker and loyal person” to the sport and its development.

He said De Souza always did what he had to do with grace. Singh said also that the skilful TT batsman was a friend up until he passed away last week.

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