'Cobra' hailed by former teammates, coach
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
Fans, relatives and schoolmates of former national footballer, Barrington 'Cobra' Gaynor are expected to turn out in droves this evening, to say their final farewell to the man who was once labelled as one of the most feared right fullbacks in the Caribbean.
A wake will be held in honour of the former Camperdown High schoolboy, at the Crawford Methodist Memorial Church, White Plains Road, New York, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. This will be followed by a thanksgiving service the following day.
His body will then be flown to Jamaica for the funeral on April 9. Plans are being made for the funeral service to be held at the National Arena. This was yesterday confirmed by Clyde Jureidini, general manager of the Harbour View Football Club, the outfit which Gaynor represented in the National Premier League.
Gaynor who was ailing for sometime, died in a New York hospital last Saturday.
"He was a high-quality performer, one who was kind, gentle and tried hard to do his best," Jureidini said, following his death.His grieving Camperdown schoolmates remembered him as a disciplinarian, who was very humble.
"He was very passionate about the game. I remember missing Manning Cup training one day and 'Cobra' never spoke to me for a week. I believe this was one way he chose to discipline me for not coming to training. He always looked out for us and because of this we would address him as 'Uncle'," said Oral Robinson, one of his Camper-down teammates.
Another teammate, Lenford 'Thick-Oil' Williams, described Gaynor as a positive and serious-minded person.
"I remember when we reached the Walker Cup final in 1983, I missed a penalty which cost us the title, everybody was sad, but 'Cobra' was there for me," said Williams.
"He was of humble spirit. His standards were high," said Richard 'Duck' Green, formerly of Camper-down and Harbour View FC.
Andrew Williams, who played on Camperdown's 1983 team and later assisted Gaynor in a coaching stint at their alma mater and at Bull Bay FC, stressed that 'Cobra' was very caring, always looking out for his players and helping them in whatever way he could.
Williams' view was shared by Garfield 'Geefus' Parkinson, another Camperdownian who is now a selector on Stone Love sound system.
"On Saturdays, he was the first to come to colts training and he would usually just sit and read his bible," said Parkinson.
Gaynor's former coach, Patrick 'Jackie' Walters argued that while at Camperdown, 'Cobra' was very forthright and mature.
"I believed that he would have been one of the coaches to take Jamaica to another level in the sport," said Walters.