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Mighty's passing brings grief to football fraternity

Published:Monday | January 2, 2017 | 1:00 AMMarc Stamp

Former New Kingston FC president David 'Toby' Mighty, who passed away on Saturday during a party, was described as a "gentle giant" by the club's chairman, Andrew Minott.

Toby, who was a popular football administrator in the Corporate Area, collapsed and died at approximately 12:30 a.m. at a function he hosted for his club in St Andrew.

The reason for his death is yet to be confirmed.

Coach of New Kingston Geoffery Maxwell, who was in Mighty's company during the party, said: "I was standing about five yards from Toby. He was having a breathing problem then collapsed and was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), where he was pronounced dead."

Meanwhile, Minott, who was a close friend of the deceased for the past 20 years, spoke highly about Mighty.

"He will be greatly missed. Mighty was a gentle giant who was a people person. He was a father figure to the players at the club," the chairman shared.

Another close friend of Mighty, Chris James, is struggling to come to grips with his passing.

HARD LOSS

"I take it hard personally. Toby was a genuine youth. We were very close. He was a council member of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), and it was a very big thing to him (Mighty)," James, who is a vice-president of Barbican FC, told The Gleaner yesterday.

KSAFA general secretary Wayne Shaw says the news was 'shocking'.

"We were surprised. It is shocking. He called us at KSAFA last Friday wishing was a prosperous 2017," Shaw said on behalf of KSAFA.

Tributes have been flowing for the well-known administrator, with a number of football clubs and administrators expressing shock and grief at his death.