The main opposition, National Democratic Congress (NDC) has extended to family members of former Minister of Sports in the 1970’s under the labour party government, Roy St. John who recently passed away.
The message on behalf of Congress came from Patrick Simmons who served in the Sports portfolio in the Congress government of 2008 to 2013.
Following is the full text of Simmons’ statement:
The National Democratic Congress is deeply saddened to learn about the death of former Minister of Sports, Hon. Roy St John.
On behalf of the NDC, I would like to express deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of the late former Minister.
The life of this former athlete, administrator and minister will be remembered for the positive impact it had on the development of sports in Grenada.
Foremost of his achievements was the construction of the Tanteen Recreation Ground which has been renamed the Roy St John Recreation Ground in his honour by the NDC administration.
Additionally, his advocacy for the development of a national sports policy, which became a reality in 2010, should be recognised.
Against this background it may be an opportune time for the Ministry of Sports to continue the implementation of the National Sports Policy, with special emphasis on the establishment of the Sports Hall of Fame.
Marilyn Monroe once said, “With fame, you know, you can read about yourself, somebody else’s ideas about you, but what’s important is how you feel about yourself – for survival and living day to day with what comes up.”
These words are irrelevant to the ears of Hon. St John at this stage of his journey. However, it would resonate well with the likes of Eros Rapier, Junior Murray, Trevor Modeste, Fitzgerald Joseph, Veda Victor and Walter St John along with many more of our great athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and journalists who are still in the land of the living.