ABFA pays tribute to Derrick: the man who gave his all to football and whose passion was unmuted and unmatched

The Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s General Secretariat has written to its membership and “friends of football,” relaying the sad news of the sudden passing of Gordon “Banks” Derrick on June 19.

The Association describes Derrick as extremely bright, discerning, and gregarious. It says he was multi-faceted in that he “would, in a single day, chair the meeting, seal the deal, and then move on to become the life of the party.”

Derrick is said to have given his all to football and to his vision for the sport in which the Caribbean is equal to all and subordinate to none.

During his efforts to improve the sport, the Association says he paid a great price; however, neither his love for football nor his support for those who are still in the game waned.

“From chairman to cheerleader, his passion was unmuted and, perhaps, unmatched,” the Association says.

It was noted that Derrick, a past Vice President of CONCACAF, was a proud member of the Villa Lions fraternity and a man committed to football and all whom the sport serves. 

The Association sends condolences to his wife, Wendy; his children, Nazir and Gia; his siblings Colin and Sandra; his DSC and Friends brotherhood, extended family, and all who mourn his loss.