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Date Published: 2013-05-27
Region & WICB News
Long-standing Spartan head groundsman Wayne Hunte dies at 48, funeral set for May 30
Bridgetown, Barbados, May 27 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Wayne Hunte, the former long-standing head groundsman at Spartan Club, has died after a lengthy illness and is to be buried on Thursday, May 30.
Hunte, 48, was closely associated with the famous Queen's Park Club since a boy when he lived in Carrington Village on the outskirts of the City, and eventually became head groundsman for over two decades.
Affectionately called "Wayne Boy or "Farley", the quiet, diminutive Hunte also worked as a groundsman at the adjoining Harrison College School ground.
Current Spartan committee member, Harold Eastmond, who also had the honour of managing the Spartan First division team in the BCA championship for a couple seasons, described Hunte as "a very strong and dedicated worker".
"Wayne was a very quiet fellow and being small in stature, I don't think anyone could work out his strength because Wayne could pull the heavy roller by himself and he did a lot of the work at Queen's Park on his own," Eastmond said in a live interview on the CBC Sports Express 94.7 FM at the weekend during the second series of matches in the BCA LIME Elite division championship.
"He was a very strong and dedicated worker for the Spartan Club. I know he will certainly be missed by at least three of our current members because we are ailing at the club for older members to come back around the club and we have three long-standing members in Clayton Johnson, who is the president, Richard Lorde, the treasurer and Vincent Bullen, who is the secretary, and Wayne was very close to these three gentlemen and I know he will be sadly missed by all three of them.
"Wayne was ailing for quite some time. I first met Wayne when I started going around Spartan back in the late 1970s. This was around 1978 and Wayne was already around Spartan being from Carrington Village.
"He assisted many of the groundsmen at the club. Later on he became the head groundsman and he did that job for over 20 years.
"Wayne will certainly be a loss. He not only assisted Spartan but he also assisted the grounds around the environs of Queen's Park," Eastmond recalled.
Among Hunte's close friends were Spartan stalwarts, Philo Wallace, the former Barbados captain and West Indies opening batsman and ex-national off-spinner Henderson Springer, who is now the BCA Director of Coaching and coach of the champion Barbados team in the recent regional four-day tournament, which the island won for an unprecedented 21st time.
Hunte's funeral service will be held at St. Cyprians Anglican Church, 7th Avenue George Street, Bellevile, St. Michael at 1.30 p.m. His body will be interred at the Westbury Cemetery.