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Dunbeholden mourn passing of club VP Hewitt

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer

Dunbeholden team manager Paul Christie says the club and community have lost an irreplaceable figure in vice-president Clifton Hewitt, who passed away on Friday.

Christie said the suddenness of Hewitt’s passing has jolted the club and the community as no one was expecting the worst when the administrator complained of feeling ill recently.

“The entire community of Dunbeholden is in shock and mourning,” Christie told The Gleaner. “He was a pillar to the programme at Dunbeholden. He supported the club from the Major League to Super League and now the Premier League, so he was engrained in the system.

“What is shocking is that he wasn’t a sickly person. He just said he was not feeling well and went to the hospital and got tested, and he, unfortunately, passed away on Friday.”

Hewitt was married to Nicole Creary-Hewitt and is survived by daughter Gabbrielle. Through his work at Wray and Nephew, he assisted many with jobs, and Christie said his contribution has not gone unnoticed.

“He was integral in the club and integral in the community,” he said. “Even in the Waterhouse community, he helped people with jobs. So he had a great relationship with that community as well.

“He was always in the background trying to help in whatever way he can and understands situations.

“It was after Friday that you heard how many people he helped and how many families relied on him. He might really be one of the irreplaceable ones.

“I want his family to know that the time he spent around Dunbeholden Football Club and community, he was really touching people’s lives and families’ lives in a positive way. He really assisted a lot of people in so many ways, and we would like to thank his family for allowing him to reach out and have such a positive impact on so many people, and it will not go unnoticed. It is truly and dearly appreciated.”

Dunbeholden finished seventh in the Jamaica Premier League regular season, missing out on a playoff spot by a point after losing their final preliminary round game 5-2 to Mount Pleasant.