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McLean's funeral today in Harbour View

Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Roy McLean

The funeral for celebrated cricket coach Roy McLean, will take place today at the St Boniface Anglican Church in Harbour View.

The service, set to get underway at 10 a.m., is expected to attract a number of former and present West Indies and Jamaica players, many of whom owe their progress in the sport to McLean.

"Roy Mac has been my inspiration," said former West Indies opener Robert Samuels, who was coached by McLean while attending Kingston College (KC).

"He broke the game down to the bare essentials, and because of that, I fell in love with coaching. He knew how to simplify stuff.

"He was my coach, my mentor, a special human being, and will be sadly missed."

McLean made a name for himself while coaching at St Andrew Technical High, KC, and Kingston Cricket Club. His students include a host of West Indies representatives: Lawrence Rowe, Herbert Chang, Richard Austin, Jeffery Dujon, Robert Samuels; and Marlon Samuels, and Jamaica representatives Terrence Corke, Derron Dixon, Wayne Lewis, and Mario Ventura.

"A lot of Jamaica cricketers owe their performances to Roy McLean, and he will be sadly missed," said Mark Neita, a past student of KC. "He was not only an outstanding coach, but he was also a consummate gentleman, somebody you always enjoyed being with.