Former GBBC Member, Syd Cummings takes his final count
The boxing community is much poorer following the death of former Judge and Member of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control, Sydney Randolph Cummings who passed away after a short period of illness. He was 92 years-old.
One of the oldest officials to have served in the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), Syd, as he was familiarly called, served in various capacities on that institution. His tenure spanned
over 36 years and he served under four Presidents.
He was the Assistant Secretary Treasurer under the Bill Brown administration and subsequently served under the late President, Frederick Rampersaud. Mr. Cummings also served as a Judge in the Presidency of K D Persaud as well as Colonel Cecil ‘Pluto’ Martindale.
An ardent worker, Mr. Cummings retired from his position in 1986 but returned four (4) years later at the behest of Mr. K D Persaud who was impressed with the quality of his work. During his tenure he has been an astute Judge and would best be remembered for the role he played in the Anthony Andrews/David Mendez bout at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) for the World Boxing Association Latin Americas belt.
He also officiated in the Andrews/Wayne Harris title bout and the Andrew Lewis/Terrence Ali welterweight clash.
Syd eventually retired from all boxing related duties and was subsequently conferred with Honorary Membership of the GBBC. Despite retiring as an official, Syd continued to grace boxing matches and was a prominent figure at the Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite/Shawn Corbin heavyweight title fight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) October 27 last.
Meanwhile, Syd was cremated at the Lusignan foreshore after a ceremony at the Bedford Methodist Church yesterday morning where Reverend Glenna Spencer delivered a moving Sermon. Tristana Jagarnauth delivered the Eulogy and glowingly traced the life of the late boxing official. His daughter-in-law, Caroline Cummings and Tatum Reis read from the scriptures.
Vice President of the GBBC, Andrew Thorne, represented that entity and reminisced on the integral contribution of his late colleague. He said that Syd has left an indelible mark on the GBBC and by extension, the sport.
He said that even after he had retired in 1986, Syd still had a passion for the sport and his return in 1990 underlined his commitment. “He will be missed and on behalf of myself and family and the officials of the GBBC, I’d like to express profound sympathy to his family and all those affected by his death,” said Mr. Thorne.
President of the GBBC, Peter Abdool, was committed elsewhere and could not be at the funeral. However, in a telephone interview, he expressed sympathy to the Cummings family and urged them to take solace in the fact that Syd has served with distinction and his work has been the catalyst of improvement in the lives of many pugilists.
The management and staff of Kaieteur Sport wish to convey deep sympathy to his grieving relatives. May his soul rest in peace!