Two cricket boards, one responsible for cricket in the country and one with responsibility for cricket in Georgetown have been plunged into mourning following the death of sports stalwart Terry Holder who died last week.
Holder, a former president of the Caribbean Broadcast Union (CBU), served for many years as Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) who in a release called the former Deputy General Manager of the Guyana telephone and Telegraph Company Limited a “Champion in his own right.”
“The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) mourns the loss of one of the greatest sons of our soil and who should be deemed a national hero for his priceless work
in service to the public at large and several organisations throughout Guyana and the Caribbean region,” The GCB release stated.
“The cricket fraternity hails this champion in his own right, Terry Holder, who left us all in bereavement at his sudden but somewhat expected departure,” the release added.
The release also spoke of Holder’s contribution to the broadcast media at the national and regional levels pointing out that through his expertise he had become a household name.
“Terry served the GCB diligently for almost three decades as its Public Relations Officer and will be remembered as having officiated at all of the previous awards and other numerous presentation ceremonies in the tireless execution of his duties,” stated the release.
“His voice still resonates in the Umana Yana where most of these ceremonies were held and will long be revered for the strength and lucidity of his vocals.
“The GCB is extremely pleased that they were able to bestow upon him a special award at its 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony held at the GCC Members pavilion in recognition for his long, outstanding and dedicated service towards the development of cricket in Guyana.
“We will forever miss his wise counsel and very sober judgments expunged during the many challenges experienced by the GCB over the past years as he had steadfastly remained committed to the development of cricket throughout his lengthy and valuable tenure with the GCB.”
Holder, who did not to seek re-election at the GCB 2013 AGM because of his illness, still remained in contact with the administration and continued to offer his advice and counsel whether called upon or not, stated the release.
“The GCB sincerely offers its condolences to all of his family, friends and relatives during this period of bereavement and trust that his strength of character and integrity will continue to live on and guide the principles and traits that we all continue to uphold.”
The Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) headed by former West Indies all rounder Roger Harper in their release said that Holder’s contribution to cricket in Guyana was “immense.”
“The executive of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) would like to extended sincere condolences to the family of Terrence (Terry) Ormonde Holder who passed away recently.
Mr. Holder’s contribution to cricket in the Guyana has been immense and his passing has saddened the entire cricket fraternity. His calm and reassuring presence will certainly be missed within the administration of the game in Guyana,” the GCA’s release stated.
Holder will be buried today.