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'Dago' Gordon dead at 61

Published:Monday | November 18, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Former Boys' Town FC and national footballer, Herbert 'Dago' Gordon, is dead.

Gordon died yesterday at the Kingston Public Hospital after being in a coma for five days from complications related to diabetes.

The passing of the 61-year-old Gordon has come as a shock to the Boys' Town community, where he was assistant coach of the senior football team for the past 15 years. Gordon was one of the stars of the outstanding Boys' Town teams of the 1970s which had several epic battles with Harbour View and Santos.

Coach of Boys' Town, Andrew Price, said: "We have lost a true legend, mentor, friend and stalwart in football. It is a great loss."

Price, who worked alongside Gordon at Boys' Town for the past 15 years, also said: "He is one of the best players Jamaica has seen. We are deeply saddened by the passing of a Trench Town legend."

Price disclosed that Gordon has been in and out of hospital and attended his last game, Boys' Town versus Montego Bay United, about a month ago.

Carl Brown, who played alongside Gordon at Trench Town High and Boys' Town, was shocked at the passing of his close friend.

"It's tough to say anything. Although we are pretty close in age, I took care of Dago when we were much younger. The family has taken it hard, especially his nephew, Joe Downer," Brown shared.

four close friends

Brown, who knew Gordon for more than 40 years, also revealed that, Lascelles Shaw, Derrick 'Shastri' Denniser, Dago and himself were schoolboys when they represented Boys' Town in senior football competition. Shaw died two years ago.

"I spoke with Shastri this morning, and he is also saddened. We were four close friends, and now two have passed away," Brown added. "He was also one of the best wicket-keeper/batsmen Jamaica has seen. He was so talented. One of the best I have ever seen ... . This is a big blow to Boys' Town and Jamaica."

Meanwhile Clyde Jureidini, general manager of the Harbour View Football Club, also sent a message of condolence to Price, the Boys' Town football fraternity, Gordon's wife Ruperta and other members of his family.