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Dayes remembered for his love for sports

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
In this file photo, Hamar Dayes is seen punching the air after sinking a putt while competing in the Mens Super Senior's section on the 12th hole at the National Amateur Golf Championships at the Caymanas Golf Club in July 2008.

Hamar Dayes was remembered as a multisports personality, especially during his years at Calabar High School, where he not only captained the Sunlight Cup cricket team and lawn tennis team, but also played in the Manning Cup during the 1960s.

He also went on to represent Jamaica in golf for over 20 years.

"I have known Hamar from our days at Calabar, and he has maintained fellowship with everybody that was close, over the years," said honorary secretary of the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Fred Sutherland as he addressed a gathering during the funeral service of the late sporting standout at the St Andrew Parish Church yesterday.

"He never compared himself to anyone. He was serious about sports as he played cricket, football, lawn tennis, golf, and many persons did not know that he was involved in chess and bridge. He was also a top student in academics and graduated with honours. Hamar would rather die than give up a friend. However, he was also a very miserable person," Sutherland shared.

"In 1961, Hamar was the Ovaltine top junior Under-16 player. Many persons did not know that about Hamar also," he continued.

"He played Manning Cup as an inside right, although he might not have been a great football player. That just gives you an idea of how active he was as a schoolboy. I love Hamar Dayes, and as long as I live, I will always remember his infectious laugh," Sutherland added.

'COLOURFUL' INDIVIDUAL

Another close friend, Trevor Stines' remembered Hamar as a "colourful" individual.

"Hamar, as we all know, was a very colourful individual. He was a very principled individual, outspoken. If you don't know him well, he could be seen as a very aggressive person. He was never too busy to impart whatever information he had to anyone. He was a loving and caring person," Stines recalled.

"In my life, I have met hundreds of people, many of them close, but in describing my relationship with Hamar, I can simply say he is one of the few that I was very close to," he added.

He died leaving wife Janet and son, Nigel as well as other relatives and friends.

marc.stamp@gleanerjm.com