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Forbes hailed for service to sports and youth

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:11 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Members of the Scout Association of Jamaica wheel in the casket carrying the body of Headley Forbes yesterday during his funeral inside the St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church in St Andrew.
Members of the Scout Association of Jamaica wheel in the casket carrying the body of Headley Forbes yesterday during his funeral inside the St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church in St Andrew.

Hundreds of mourners turned out on Saturday to celebrate the life of veteran sports administrator Headley Forbes during his funeral at the St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church on Molynes Road in St Andrew.

Forbes, who died on October 30 at the age of 90, was a former treasurer and assistant secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

A retired industrial safety consultant, Forbes was very involved in the Scout Association of Jamaica and the St John Ambulance Brigade for over 60 years.

By 10 a.m., the car park in the churchyard was overflowing as mourners gathered to pay their final respects to the former Jamaica College standout.

The congregation included Minister of Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, JAAA general secretary Garth Gayle, and several other officials from the sporting fraternity.

Grange said that Forbes’ legacy will continue to benefit Jamaicans for generations to come.

TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION

“Mr Forbes contributed tremendously to Jamaica and its development in a number of areas,” Grange said, “particularly in the development of young people through the scouts movement.

“I want to say that his son, who is the first vice-president for the JAAA, has followed in his footsteps to carry on his work through his involvement in sports and the development of our youths.”

Gayle also lauded Forbes for his contribution to sports and youth development in the country.

“He is a true son of the soil and proud graduate of his alma mater, Jamaica College,” Gayle said. “He has done Jamaica proud and all of the lives that he would have touched.”

“I know of Mr Forbes working as timekeeper. He was an umpire, and he also helped to mould the JC /Pure Water track and field meet, which is our first meet on the JAAA Calendar.”

The second reading was done by Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, while the eulogy was read by Forbes’ sons, Ian and Peter.

Interment followed at the St Peter’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Alley, Clarendon.