Roy St John (File Photo)

Roy St John (File Photo)

by Michael Bascombe/GrenadaSports

ST GEORGE’S, October 31, 2013 (GrenadaSports) – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell are among government and sporting officials who have extended sympathy to the family of Roy St John, who died in Grenada on Thursday at the age of 91.

St John, a former Sport Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the Town of St George with the Sir Eric Gairy administration, died in Grenada after a period of illness.

GrenadaSports, which earlier reported the passing of St John, also noted his contributions to Grenada as a national footballer and administrator.

“Mr St John was an outstanding son of the soil, and he will be greatly missed for his excellence on and off the playing field,” Dr Mitchell was quoted in a statement.

St John, the brother of former President of the Grenada Cricket Association, Walter St John, has been an architect of Grenadian sporting excellence, especially in the area of sport administration.

Following a career in politics, St John was an administrator and managed national football teams to various tournaments.

“St John or Manny as he was called brought humour but professionalism as a team manager,” recalled President of the Grenada Football Association (GFA), Cheney Joseph. Manny was a gentleman and a stalwart who gave time, money and his life towards the development of the sport in Grenada, he was an icon to the region though he did not get the recognition he deserved.”

“As a mark of respect, the GFA should consider naming its administrative building after him to carry on with the work he did for so many years. It is most fitting given the location of the GFA’s administrative building which will be in the bowels of a place he developed from a dump to playing fields,” said Joseph.

“We in the GFA salute the work done by Mr St John and wish to place on record his invaluable contributions to sport and football in particular. On behalf of the football fraternity, I want to extend sympathy to his wife Pauline and the St John family.”

The main playing field in Tanteen, St George was renamed after him – the Roy St John Recreational Ground.

In a previous article, GrenadaSports had urged the authorities to consider a National Sports Hall of Fame to recognise the outstanding contributions of former sporting icons like Roy St John.

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