Ravens remembers Damian Liverpool
- GABA also expresses condolences
Ravens Basketball Club has described the death of former national forward, Damian Liverpool as a “severe loss” to the club and basketball in general. Liverpool was involved in a motorcycle accident last Friday while in Suriname.
His 1000cc superbike crashed into a tractor. He was part of a group of bikers on the annual tour. Yesterday, former national point guard, and now Coach of Ravens, Darcel Harris said that the death of Liverpool comes at a time when the club is still recovering from the loss of Kevin Lawrence, who died two years ago also on the Suriname route.
“This is a severe loss. It is only two years since Kevin died and that is still in our memory, now we have to mourn yet another major loss,” Harris, who has been friends with Liverpool since the two were in nursery school, indicated.
“We enjoyed every moment of his company. When we heard that news, it was tears and shock all around. We just could not control ourselves as a team. Damian was an integral part of Ravens and this has been difficult for us,” a distraught Harris noted.
Liverpool was born on June 29, 1978 and attended St. Roses Secondary and Queens College. At the time of his death he was an Enforcement Officer at the Guyana Revenue Authority. He spent most of his senior basketball career at the Ravens Basketball Club.
“We will miss the physical defense he brought to our team. No one else could have matched him physically and we will miss that and his rebounding especially,” Harris said, adding that the club will continue to honour his input to their development.
Ravens held a wake for the late Liverpool last night and will ceremoniously bid farewell in their traditional colours of black and orange on Saturday at the Funeral Service that is set for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall at a time to be announced.
Meanwhile, the Vice-President of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Kester Gomes, who has been running the affairs of the club since President, David Carto stepped aside, also expressed condolences to Ravens, family and friends. Their full message read:
“The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association and the entire basketball fraternity would like to extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Damian Liverpool. Damian Liverpool was a vibrant and free-spirited athlete, whose passion for winning was evident from his tenacity on the court.
A stellar defender and rebounder, Damian dominantly outworked his opponents with lesser intensity. His on-court tactics was a joy for both fans and players and will be surely missed.
The association is therefore taking steps to have the League’s rebounding champion trophy, be called the Damian Liverpool Trophy in his memory. Guyana basketball lost one of its greatest characters and he will be forever missed but not forgotten. R.I.P Damie”.