Tony Cozier laid to rest
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Cricket media titan Tony Cozier was laid to rest here on Friday following a service at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, which was attended by several dignitaries and influential members of the regional cricket community.
Barbados' only living National Hero, Sir Garry Sobers, topped the list of mourners, along with former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, noted Caribbean jurist Sir Richard Cheltenham, West Indies batting great Sir Everton Weekes, and outstanding former West Indies fast bowler ex-government minister, Sir Wes Hall, who conducted the ceremony.
Several former West Indies players were also in attendance including legendary captain and current chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd; legendary fast bowler and current Barbados Cricket Association president, Joel Garner; current West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, and former West Indies vice-captain, Trinidadian Deryck Murray.
Barbados Sports Minister Stephen Lashley and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley were also among the mourners.
Known as the 'voice of West Indies cricket', Cozier chronicled the fortunes of the West Indies team for nearly six decades in an illustrious career which saw him rise to the summit of the industry.
Cozier was eulogised by son Craig, who described him as an outstanding family man, a true professional and a pioneer in the field of cricket journalism.
Cozier was the editor of the West Indies Cricket Annual and was also a senior editor of leading local newspaper, The Nation, with whom he remained closely affiliated up to the time of his death.
In 2007, cricket authorities here renamed the upgraded media centre at the redeveloped Kensington Oval, The Coppin, Cozier and Short Media Centre, in honour of his contribution to the sport.
Cozier died last week Wednesday at age 75 following brief hospitalisation.
He is survived by his wife, Jill, and children Craig and Natalie.