Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
Former Garvey Maceo footballer, Patrick 'Chippa Blacks' Dobbs, will be laid to rest after a thanksgiving service beginning at 1 p.m. today at the Lionel Town Open Bible Church, Clarendon, after passing away last month through a battle with cancer.
Dobbs was a standout for the school based in Vernamfield, Clarendon in the 1983-1985 seasons.
He played on arguably one of the best team put together by the school - that reached the semi-finals of the daCosta Cup in 1984 - which was coached by Leebert Halliman at the time.
Dobbs was a well feared defender who could read the game well. On the 1984 Garvey Maceo team he played alongside Paul 'Chinna Man' Aquart, the bustling forward Merrick Morrison, goalkeeper Marvin Chin, Warren Simpson, St. Patrick 'Beenie Man' Cole and Delroy 'Rumba' Green.
Speaking about Dobbs, Green said: "He was well loved by everyone. When he left school the players literally begged him to come back as a member of the coaching staff and he served as an assistant in 1986-87. We have lost an integral member of the Garvey Maceo family."
Dobbs migrated to the United States in the 1980s, but stayed true to his alma mater by supporting the school's football teams by contributing gear and equipment through the years.
Rohan McNellie, president of the Garvey Maceo Past Student Association, pointed to that Dobbs wasan active past student.
"He was a father, mentor, brother and friend to many present and past students," McNellie said. "We mourn the loss of an outstanding brother who had a love for football and his alma mater. Chippa Blacks always ensured that the Garvey Maceo football teams over the years had gears and food through his assistance."
McNellie added: "Even during the last days of his life on earth he had plans to assist with better nutrition for the footballers as he said 'hungry man caan play ball enuh'. The Garvey Maceo Past Students' Association will certainly miss Chippa Blacks."
Dobbs was also involved in football in Florida, where he managed the Clar-Rema team which competed in the Caribbean Americas Soccer Association (CASA) league.
Clar-Rema, with players such as Ray Graham (past student, Garvey Maceo), Cornel Lairmond and other top Clarendon-born footballers, made it to the finals of the competition.
Dobbs along with Sean Young, also organised an annual football festival in Florida in December, which comprised teams made up of mainly Jamaicans. Over the years they have been honouring some of Jamaica's top football coaches and former players, including Halliman, Winston Chung Fah, Patrick "Jackie" Walters, Emerson "Diggy" Henry, among others.
Dobbs leaves behind his mother, his partner of many years, Angella Gordon, children Samantha and Nicholas, and other family and friends.