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Lara among hundreds paying tribute to Andy Ganteaume

Friday, February 19, 2016

Legendary batsman Brian Lara was among the hundreds who yesterday paid tribute to former West Indies Test cricketer Andy Ganteaume, who died on Wednesday. Ganteaume, 95, was the oldest living West Indies Test cricketer. He passed away at his home in Santa Margarita, St Augustine, after ailing for some time.

Lara said Ganteaume lived life to the fullest and saluted him for the mentorship and wisdom he imparted to him during his playing days. “He will be missed, but never forgotten”.

Lara said it is never easy to truly convey in words, feelings when dealing with the passing of a friend. “I have many fond memories of Andy. I will forever remember his indomitable spirit and the great conversations we shared about cricket! He might have only played one Test, for which he scored a steady and sure 112, but his contributions to the game on a national and regional level as a player and administrator are unparalleled! 

“He had a wonderful knock of 95 during which he gave of himself to the sports he loved: cricket and football. It is my hope that his passion and love for life will be remembered by all who play these games he loved so dearly!” 

West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, called Ganteaume a stalwart whom “the region should make every effort to recognise the contribution he made to the game of cricket.” Cameron said: “He served the game as a player and an administrator. He played one Test, 50 first class games and went on to serve as West Indies team manager.”

WIPA also extended condolences. “Although only representing the West Indies in one Test Match, Mr Ganteaume had the honour, of scoring a century in that at game, which was versus England, at the Queen’s Park Oval in 1948.

WIPA’s president and CEO, Wavell Hinds said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all his loved ones during this difficult time. His contributions to cricket in the Caribbean not as just a player, but also as an administrator will never be forgotten.”

Former West Indies cricketers Deryck Murray and Bryan Davis said Andy Ganteaume was a gentleman of the game and was always willing to pass on words of encouragement. Ganteaume’s funeral will take place tomorrow at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Abercromby Street, at 11.30 am.