It is with a deep sense of sadness and an immense amount of agony that the Dominica Cricket Association (DCA) learnt of the sudden passing of Gifford Walsh, a member of the DCA Executive, a former national cricketer and national cricket selector. He excelled as a wicketkeeper and batsman on the national and Windward Islands teams and was a member of the Cavaliers Sports Club and the Saints Sports Club of Goodwill where he also served as Treasurer. Walsh was also a national table tennis player, a national footballer and referee, a musician and a Finance Officer with the Forestry and Parks Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Walsh served on the DCA Executive for the last ten years in the capacity of Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and was the Events Manager for all regional and international games hosted in Dominica,since 2009 when the Windsor Park Sports Stadium became operational. The cricketing community locally and regionally has been thrown into shock and mourns his untimely passing.
Vice President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and DCA President, Emmanuel Nanthan, said, “There are no words to express our sadness. We are devastated at the sudden passing of Gifford and are mourning his loss at this time. Gifford was a cricketer, colleague, friend, an avid supporter of cricket and someone who dedicated a huge amount of time to development of the sport. We worked very closely with him and it was indeed a privilege to have done so. On behalf of the DCA, I would like to express my deepest condolences to his wife, Regina, his children, grandchildren and extended family, members of Cavaliers and other close friends. We pledge our steadfast support to his family and will assist in any way possible. Gifford will be greatly missed by those who knew and worked with him. The sport of cricket has lost one of its most dedicated administrators and we thank God for the opportunity to have been a part of his life. May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace.”
Gifford was a gentleman and will be remembered for his love of family, his passion for cricket, the many sacrifices he made to ensure that the sport progressed and his commitment to whatever task he had at hand.
Gifford lost his life tragically on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in a vehicular accident in the Macoucherie area. Prior to his passing, he was coordinating the upcoming WICB Regional Women’s Cricket Tournament to be held in Dominica from August 5-14.
An official condolence book will be open for signatures at the offices of the DCA, Windsor Park Sports Stadium, from Thursday, July 24th to Tuesday, July 29, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.