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CouryThe following tribute is in honour of the late Kittitian and Leeward Islands Cricketer, Mr. Leroy Arthur Coury who passed away on Monday, the 22.10.2012 at the age of seventy six (76yrs)… As one of the First Class Cricket Commentators in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis; and having heard so much about Mr. Coury over the years, it is only fitting that I pay tribute to this legendary Son of the Soil Cricketer. Mr. Leroy Arthur Coury was born in the College Street area of Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies on: the 02.10.1936 and died on the 22.10.2012.

 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest sympathies to the entire Coury family; and the Cricketing Fraternity throughout the region, on the death of Mr. Leroy Arthur Coury. Mr. Coury was one of the most illustrious, prominent and outstanding “Spin Bowling Cricketers”, to have originated from the Federation of St. Kitts/Nevis and the Leeward Islands during his/that particular era… It was rather unfortunate that both he and Mr. Edgar Gilbert came from the very same small island and at the wrong time. Had that not been the case during that time period, they would have surely represented the West Indies Cricket Team, at the highest level of the game. Sadly for them as brilliant individual cricketers and for St. Kitts, that never came to fruition as they both saw their dreams go down the drain; owing to the burning insularity that existed in West Indies Cricket back then.

I knew Mr. Coury pretty well from my occasional interactions with him at his Wholesale Store, where he recently purchased a {“Worme’s Cricket Dictionary”} from me, when I went to buy some cricket bat handle rubbers from him. During our discourse, he expressed his interest in writing a book on cricket, and asked me to help him promote it, when it would have been completed. Unfortunately, he didn’t live to fulfill that very special dream - which would have been a very good Resource Material Publication on: his life, experiences and exploits in the glorious game of cricket.

I sincerely urge the Coury Family to make a very concerted effort, to put together a Biography on the deceased Mr. Coury:-if it has not yet been done. It will be a great idea if the St. Kitts Cricket association, along with other resource persons within the society, can partner with the Coury Family to compile the Biography. It is pretty sad sometimes, when such personalities that stood out in our communities depart from us, there is usually no written historic record of their accomplishments in their chosen field… I beseech, exhort and implore all parties concerned, to make an extra special effort to ensure that this becomes a reality. It will certainly be a great Treasure Trove to have in one’s possession to value for a lifetime!!!

Mr. Leroy Coury was a Cricketer par excellence, with a great passion for the game from all accounts of him; and he also had a tremendous charitable and very sociable personality. He generously gave back quite a lot to the sport that he was so fond of; and he will be sorely missed by the many that knew him well and truly loved him. I for one will certainly miss that characteristic smile, unique voice and very amiable and friendly personality which he possessed. The Cricketing Fraternity in the Region has really lost a Cricketing Genius, and an Icon in his own right; so may his Soul rest in Eternal Peace… Please note also that: “wherever Christ is - there is absolutely no death; since Jesus Christ defeated death, hell and the grave at the rugged Cross of Calvary just over 2000yrs ago”. God’s perpetual blessings to the whole Coury Family and the entire Cricketing Fraternity throughout the West Indian Region… Let us now join with the entire Coury Family to celebrate his Life and Legacy.

Grace and Peace.


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