Football fraternity hails Virtue
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coodinator
The football fraternity is mourning the loss of another stalwart in Patrick Virtue, who donned the colours of Jamaica College during the 1960s.
Virtue, who came to prominence while managing the star-studded Mountain View Minor League football team in the mid-1980s, died last Thursday.
"This was a man who live, sleep and dream JC. He was a 'True Blue'," said Ian Forbes, another JC old boy.
"The mood here at JC is very sad. He will be greatly missed, especially for his outstanding contribution to the school," Forbes added.
Prior to his death, it was customary of him to visit the school everyday, assisting with the preparation of players participating in the various sports.
"At one stage he coached the school's under-14 football team. He was also the manager of the Manning Cup football team," Forbes told
A funeral service is scheduled to be held on Saturday, at the St Andrew Parish Church, which will be followed by cremation at a later date.
He is survived by sons Andre, Darren and Duane, wife Valerie, mother, brothers and grandchildren.
His long-time friend, Patrick 'Jackie Walters', coach of Glenmuir High, remembered him as a successful manager for Mountain View's Minor League team. Walters was the cteam's coach at the time.
"He was dedicated to the development of youth football," said Walters.
Excelsior High Manning Cup coach, Lebert Halliman, described him as an "avid sport fan", while Real Mona's coach and former national player, Peter Moses, recalled the first day when he turned up at the Real Mona Club with his son Andre, who went on to represent Jamaica.
"He did not just come and leave his son, he became part of our youth programme and later an executive of the club. He was a very quiet man, I cannot remember him losing his cool," said Moses.