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The UWI Cave Hill Campus Remembers the Late Sir Everton Weekes

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, July 3, 2020

PROFESSOR EUDINE BARRITEAY PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LATE SIR EVERTON WEEKES
When The UWI, Cave Hill Campus decided to perpetuate the memory of the 3Ws - of whom Sir Everton Weekes was, until recently, the only remaining survivor – it was a bold gesture to the regional and international community of the University’s intent to highlight and celebrate stellar achievement and brilliance.In naming our campus’s cricket ground and pavilion in honour of this globally celebrated triumvirate, the signal was clear – a salute to excellence.

Similarly, when the 2007 installation of the Cricket World Cup tournament was headed to the Caribbean, and the 3Ws Oval had been chosen as a venue for warm-up matches, we turned to Sir Everton for assistance in creating a global stage, and he graciously obliged. On that occasion, Sir Everton graced the cover of our campus magazine, arms outstretched in welcome to the world as he stood in front of our cricket Walk of Fame.

Our beloved Sir Everton lit a flame whose light still illuminates today.He came along in an era when there were no easy paths to success for people of a lower socioeconomic background.He carved his success through sheer excellence and skillful dominance, establishing and equalling several cricket records, some of which still stand today.

While making his mark as a world-class cricketer, Sir Everton was also paving the way for the world to develop a different relationship with those who shared his ethnicity and, by so doing, gave hope to future generations.

Sir Everton remained to the end a friend of the University and frequently visited the ground, which bears his name, to watch the game being carried on by newer generations of cricketers.

Today, we mourn his passing and extend our sincerest condolences to his family and the cricketing fraternity. We will miss him and will continue to tell his story.

Although Sir Everton will no longer walk among us, we remain heartened that his warm smile and gentle manner will always be etched in our memory and that he and the University will forever be inseparable.

THE UWI FACULTY OF SPORT REMEMBERS SIR EVERTON WEEKES

It is with deep regret and sadness that the Faculty of Sport notes the passing of Sir Everton Weekes. The last and perhaps most formidable of the 3W’s, Sir Everton had made an impression of the game of cricket worldwide such that over 60 years after his exploits people still skipped a beat at hearing his name. His contemporaries from fear, his successors from admiration and his well-wishers from respect. Sir Everton’s exploits on the field were well known, ending with a formidable Test Average of 58.61 inclusive of 5 consecutive Test centuries. Off the field Sir Everton was an icon for the region through his community service in Barbados.

The University of the West Indies had the honour of awarding him as an “immortal” at the last Vice Chancellor’s match in 2019. Sir Everton was made the esteemed patron of the 3Ws Oval at the Cave Hill Campus. The Faculty of Sport mourns his passing. Through our Academy of Sport at Cave Hill, we are committed to honouring his legacy. The 3Ws cricket ground remains a lasting memory of him and the other two W’s (Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott). This is the place where all who wish to pay their personal respect are invited to visit.

“Sir Ev”, as he was affectionately known, played a long and distinguished innings of life. He influenced and inspired cricketers all over the world. He was truly a global hero.

The Faculty of Sport expresses sincerest condolences to the family, friends and many fans around the world, on his passing.

CLR JAMES CRICKET RESEARCH CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE SIR EVERTON WEEKS

The CLR James Cricket Research Centre, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, joins the world in mourning the loss of Sir Everton DeCourcey Weekes, 1 July, 2020. This iconic batsman stands tall in the pantheon of outstanding world batsmanship.

He shone as one of the legendary 3Ws, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell, distinguishing himself as the premier batsman of his era. His feat of scoring five consecutive Test centuries remains unmatched to this day. His batting average of 58.61 is second only to George Headley of West Indies batsmen.

In his life after his playing days, he coached young cricketers at many secondary schools in Barbados. He also coached the Canadian national team in the 1979 Cricket World Cup. Sir Everton also gave yeoman service as a longstanding member of the Barbados Police Service Commission.

This meritorious, people centred individual played the game of life as he played cricket with discipline as his shining virtue. This was probably honed from his days in the Barbados Regiment. Rest in peace, Sir Everton Weekes, you have left your mark of excellence on the world stage!

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Sir Everton Weekes in earlier times at the Cave Hill Campus Walk of Fame










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