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Date Published: 2019-08-15
Region & WICB News
Umpire Lloyd Benn dies at 70 after illness, brother also passes two days later
Bridgetown, Barbados, August 15 - (www.bcacricket.org) - Veteran local umpire Lloyd Benn has died following an illness.
Benn, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, passed away at his Benn’s Terrace, Rose Hill, St. Peter home on Sunday, August 11.
His death was the second to rock the family in a couple days as an older brother, Orville, died on August 13, in England.
President of the Barbados Cricket Umpires Association (BCUA) Gregory Brathwaite has paid glowing tribute to Lloyd Benn, who stood at all levels of domestic Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) competitions and was also a former cricketer in Barbados Cricket League (BCL) competitions.
“It was with sadness that we heard of the passing of our brother, friend and colleague Lloyd Benn,” Brathwaite, an international umpire, who officiated in the just concluded One-Day International series between West Indies and India, told BCAcricket.org.
“Lloyd has been a strong advocate for high standards for our membership and Association and sought to impact and help lead the way by serving on the Committee of Management for a number of years. As a result of this he was often the go to umpire to appoint debutant umpires to take the field for the first time, as he helped to give guidance and to build a solid foundation and I’m sure this has impacted many a practicing umpire’s career.
“Lloyd will always be remembered for his brick wall position once he held a view that he was convicted by, and his resolve to see the BCUA become a stronger and more respected Association will be a legacy for which we should pursue in honour of his memory. He served on the training committee for over a decade where his strong input and years of experience lent value and helped to engage and challenge the thinking of many new and prospective candidates.
“Lloyd will be missed for all that he brought to the BCUA, for the friendship he fostered with many a member and for his input and guidance on field. Lloyd you’ve touched many a life, you’ve graced many a cricket field, your absence has left a void and we will remember you.
“Rest in Peace our friend, Rest in Peace,” Brathwaite said.
Apart from officiating in several BCA lower division Finals, Benn also stood in the Final of the annual Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools’ Tournament nine years ago (along with Andrew Sandiford) when Queen’s Park Cricket Coaching School of Trinidad & Tobago, with current West Indies white ball left-arm spinner Khary Pierre as their captain, defeated Dulwich College of England, featuring opening batsman Anthony Alleyne, now a Barbados Pride player, by three wickets with one over to spare in a thrilling finish at Kensington Oval.
Pierre has also represented current BCA Elite division Championship leaders, Wildey.
Benn was also in the middle with another long-standing BCUA umpire, Andrew Corbin, for the Final of the same Tournament the previous year when Trinidad & Tobago Under-17s completed a hat-trick of titles with a 69-run win over local school, Lester Vaughan. That match was remembered for a fine century (104 not out) by the T&T Under-17s skipper and wicket-keeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo, who has now played 34 first-class matches and also had a taste of local domestic competition by turning out for St. Catherine in 2013 when he was a member of the Sagicor High Performance Centre.
Benn last stood in a BCA Division 2 Zone ‘A’ Series 4 match between Wibix and Carlton at The Whim on June 15 and 22 this season, along with Rodney Jackman.
As a player and a “North man”, he represented two St. Peter clubs - Indian Ground and All Saints - as a fast bowler in BCL competitions.
Lloyd Benn is survived by four brothers - Owen, Ricardo, Mario and Rawle and two sisters - Iola Husbands and Mendell Benn.
A service celebrating the life of Lloyd Benn will be held on Saturday, August 24, at the All Saints Anglican Church, Pleasant Hall, St. Peter, at 9:30 a.m. A private cremation will be held at a later date.
Relatives and friends can also visit in the chapel of Earl’s Funeral Home, Half Moon Fort, St. Lucy, on Friday, August 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. to reflect on the memories of Benn.