Former WICB president Rousseau passes
Prominent attorney-at-law and former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Patrick Rousseau passed away last night after a long battle with an illness.
Peter Goldson, Managing Partner of the law firm Myers, Fletcher and Gordon, where Rousseau worked for decades, says the staff is shocked by the news.
“They are coming to grips with it … so we’re just trying to digest it. We knew he was ill but I think for many of us it was a surprise and a shock and we’re trying to cope,” said Goldson.
Goldson described Rousseau as a visionary, a legal stalwart and a nation builder and cited his work in Jamaica’s bauxite industry.
“He was also someone who was a great contributor to national development. He was awarded the Order of Jamaica some years ago and that was because he was someone who was extreme knowledgeable and active in the bauxite industry and worked to put the bauxite industry on a sound footing for Jamaica,” Goldson pointed out.
“He was someone who was multifaceted and who truly made an impact on the development of Jamaica,” he added.
Ace West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh showing the Malcolm Marshall Trophy to WICB president Pat Rousseau. Walsh is holding Mali Marshall, son of Malcolm.
Newly-elected president of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerrit issued the following statement.
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of former WICB president Pat Rousseau on Wednesday.
Pat was a strong man, always very focussed and determined. He was a sharp legal and business mind, and it was reflected during his time in charge of the organization between 1996 and 2001.
He, along with former chief marketing executive Chris Dehring, was instrumental in signing a record (at the time) international television deal for the WICB, now CWI, with Sky and convincing the International Cricket Council to stage the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean.
Below: Pat Rousseau (second right), president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), signing the deal between the WICB and BSkyB in London. Others (from left) are Trevor East, deputy managing director of Sky Sports, Chris Dehring, chief marketing executive of the WICB, and David Gower, former England captain who is an analyst with Sky.
Pat was also the driving force behind the incorporation of the WICB in November 1998 – starting the transformation of the organization into becoming a more corporate operation – and the permanent relocation of the Corporate Headquarters to Antigua.
He was passionate about his work, he loved life, he was a keen follower of sport, leading to him and Dehring launching SportsMax, the first subscription television network broadcasting sport programming to the entire Caribbean, and he was a great mentor to many people. He will be missed.
West Indies Cricket Board president Pat Rousseau (left) congratulates the region’s newest Test player, Nixon McLean, after handing him the official team blazer in the presence of team members and officials.
On behalf of the Directors, Management and Staff of Cricket West Indies, we honour his legacy and his contribution to the game in the Caribbean and mourn his loss alongside his family, friends and the people of Jamaica.
The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) also sent condolences to Rousseau’s family and friends.
WIPA President and CEO Wavell Hinds said: “I pray for comfort and strength for Mr Rousseau’s family at this time. Like many others, I am proud of Mr Rousseau’s several achievements over the years. On behalf of the executive, management and staff of WIPA, I extend condolences to his family and friends. We celebrate Mr Rousseau’s invaluable contribution to Jamaica, to the people of the West Indies, and to West Indies cricket.” (Jamaica Gleaner/PR)
Outgoing WICB president Pat Rousseau (centre) and vice-president Clarvis Joseph (left) facing the Press at the Accra Beach Hotel last night. Also in the picture is WICB chief executive officer Gregory Shillingford.