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... Masses turn out to bid farewell

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Carl Brown, former national coach (left) and Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, the current national coach, take one last look at Barrington 'Cobra' Gaynor during his funeral.
Clive 'Busy' Campbell of the football fraternity is greeted by former national captain, Anthony 'Badas' Corbett, during the funeral of Barrington 'Cobra' Gaynor.

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

They came from all walks of life, some clad in the national colours, others in the traditional Camperdown High School outfit, to say goodbye to Barrington 'Cobra' Gaynor.

Though some were emotional, others used the occasion to meet and greet friends from the past, and from the lips of everyone flowed glowing praises of the 'Cobra', the pint-sized defender so named for the well-timed, biting tackles that brought down his giant-like opponents on the football pitch.

On the outskirts of the Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle Church, they gathered in small groups and spoke tales of Gaynor's lifetime, both on and off the pitch.

Inside the church, Richard 'Duck' Green, a long-time Camperdown, Harbour View and Jamaica teammate, was overcome with emotion, likewise, another 1982 Camperdown Triple Crown (Manning Cup, daCosta Cup, Olivier Shield) teammate, Christopher Bender, who was standing on the outside at one stage.

teary eyes

The teary eyes of many spoke volumes.

Among the mourners were scores of former national representatives, including Allan 'Skill' Cole, Trevor 'Jumpy' Harris, Anthony 'Badas' Corbett and Herbert 'Dago' Gordon; as well as coaches Lebert Halliman, Carlton 'Spanner' Dennis, Carl Brown, Lenworth 'Teacher' Hyde and Donovan 'DV' Hayles.

Among some of his former teammates in attendance were Andrew 'Bower' Hines, Claude Palmer, Donovan Corcho, Carlton 'Spiderman' Williams, Nyron Prawl, George Malcolm and many others.