Family of former JC 'great' Ewart donates funeral proceeds to school's cause
Jamaica College, the defending boys champions for the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls' Athletics Championship, received a major boost on Monday when Deidre Ewart, wife of one of the school's former athletic greats, Barclay Ewart, handed over a cheque - representing proceeds from his funeral - to offset expenses associated with this year's track and field competition.
Mrs Ewart said the family was pleased to have made the donation as her late husband was a very proud JC old boy who loved sports and would have been happy to contribute to the continued development of the school.
Coach Orville Brown and his team expressed gratitude for the Ewarts' contribution, and pointed out that his team is embracing the championships with "preparation, organisation, inspiration and execution", as they are determined to retain their title.
The school's principal, Ruel Reid, and Christopher Williams, president of the old boys' association, also expressed gratitude.
Reid said: "The Jamaica College team extends its gratitude to the
Williams noted that the "Jamaica College Old Boys Association is overwhelmed with gratitude for the generous donation from the Ewart family. The JC team intends to retain its title and make Barclay proud."
Ewart was an avid athlete who championed the 100, 200 and 400 metres in his time. The former businessman maintained his link with the school through the old boys' association. He was chairman for Reggae Marathon up to the time of his passing. He was 76 years old.
CAPTION: Proceeds from the funeral of the late Barclay Ewart were donated to his former school, Jamaica College, to offset expenses of the track team participating at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls' Athletics Championships, which begun on Tuesday and runs through to Saturday at the National Stadium. Sharing in the occasion are (from left) Rohan Wong, vice-principal, lower school, Jamaica College, Jeanine Ewart-Bunting, daughter, Ruel Reid, principal, Deidre Ewart, widow, Christopher Williams, president, JC Old Boys' Association, and Orville Brown, head coach of the track and field team. - Contributed