Barbados says goodbye to Linton

Barbados Advocate article.

Bridgetown, Barbados - There was standing room only at the Dunimas Outreach Centre yesterday as the local sporting fraternities said their farewells to colleague and good friend, George Linton.

Linton, who wore several hats as a cricket lover over the years, was laid to his final resting place at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens after passing away on August 14.

Linton, who began his cricketing career early on in his life, represented several teams, inclusive of the West Indies Youth team, Division 1 team, Spartan and Barbados before taking up a job playing professionally in the United Kingdom. When his stint ended, he then went on to share all he had learned as a coach with the National Sports Council for close to 25 years. He also coached the Combined Schools team as well as the national youth team. His greatest calling in the sport was as Chairman of Selection Committees for both the Junior and Senior national teams.

Described by many as passionate, caring, dedicated and knowledgeable, among other things, his good friend Jeff Broomes referred to him as spiritual above all else during his tribute.

With other tributes pouring in from Adrian Donovan, Colin Clarke, Desmond Haynes, the Barbados Cricket Association, the National Sports Council, to name a few, it was the eulogy which was delivered by his close friend, Attorney-at-Law Keith Simmons, that really reflected the lighter side of the man.

Noting that he was the first of five children, Simmons explained that Linton was a mummy’s boy and had a special place for her in his heart. 

“A lot has been said about his cricketing exploits, but I wanted to hear from those very close to him. His mum told me that he was the fun person of the family and that he will be missed a lot. ‘The house will not be the same,’ she said. Whenever she returned to Barbados from the United States of America, George would about the meals she cooked for him, but for her, he was the person who used to take her wherever she wanted to go whilst on vacation,” he said.

Stating that the two met in the mid-90’s, Simmons went on to say that Linton was a man who was deep-rooted in discipline and he left that stamp on all he came into contact with. 

“I first met George when I was the Manager of Schools North Cricket Team in 1995-96. The late Keith Boyce was the Coach, but he too, died suddenly and George took over from him. We became friends quite soon thereafter. George was a disciplinarian. At the beginning of every season, he and I would have a meeting with the youngsters who were invited to practise with Schools North. He would remind them that the Schools North Cricket Team was an extension of their school and the same discipline expected at school, would obtain in the cricket team,” he said.

First Published In The Barbados Advocate.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:50