Sunday 19 January, 2020

Farewell President - Members of the public view body of Burrell

Sports Minister Olivia Grange signs the condolence book for the late Jamaica Football Federation's president Captain Horace Burrell at the National Arena in Kingston on Tuesday.

Sports Minister Olivia Grange signs the condolence book for the late Jamaica Football Federation's president Captain Horace Burrell at the National Arena in Kingston on Tuesday.

Sports Minister Olivia Grange was among members of the public who came out on Tuesday to view the body of the late president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell at the National Arena in Kingston.

Also in attendance were Captain Burrell's son Romario Burrell, CONCACAF Director of Competitions and former JFF General Secretary Horace Reid and Jamaican professional footballer Leon Bailey, who plays for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

Captain Burrell led the JFF from 1994, excepting for a four-year period, and was at the helm of the organisation when Jamaica made its historic qualification as the first English-speaking Caribbean country to make it to the FIFA World Cup Finals, in 1998.

A member of the public signs the condolence book for the late Jamaica Football Federation's president Captain Horace Burrell at the National Arena in Kingston on Tuesday.

After ailing for the past year, Captain Burrell  passed away on June 6 at the John Hopkins Oncology Centre in Baltimore, USA, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

"He was a man, who made tremendous contribution to this country, his contribution was more than words can describe he will surely be missed," said Minister Grange.

Bailey said that , "Captain Burrell was a person who made tremendous contribution towards the development of football and that is one of the reasons why I am here to show my respect.".

Craig Butler, tHead of Phoenix Football Academy and agent of Bailey, said the gap left by Burrell will be hard to fill.

"His contribution to football in Jamaica can never be duplicated," said Butler.

John Temos, a business man from Canada, said  "Captain and I go way back, we have been in business for more than 30 years I was there when he started his first bakery."

The Thanksgiving Service for Captain Burrell will be held on Wednesday, again at the National Arena, starting at 10:00 am. with interment scheduled for a private location.

The Thanksgiving Service will include an hour of musical tributes from 10:00 am-11:00 am with the Master of Ceremonies, Tommy Cowan.

Those expected to pay tribute in songs are Ken Boothe, Dwight Richards, Delano McFarlane, Richie Stephens, DiMario McDowell, Carlene Davis and Ernie Smith.

 

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