Scrabble is a strange game and the player is oft time forced to employ shrewd tactics to lay down a bingo
and achieve a bonus fifty points. Orlando Michael was among the front runners whenever the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) organized a tournament. The top word former, would have played many bingos on his way to the podium but this time, in the game of life, failed to come up with a seven letter word and had to settle for a five letter one —DEATH— early yesterday morning.
The word of God proclaims that it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the resurrection. Members of the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) were left reeling following such devastating news. Michael was 58 years old.
Kaieteur Sport received the shocking news early yesterday morning from his sister, Hazel Woolford, who was grief stricken. She said that the initial prognoses seem to suggest that her brother suffered a massive heart attack while at his Gibson Street Tucville residence.
Michael was an ardent member of the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) and held his own among the best players. Most of those players when contacted felt that it was a prank and were unwilling to accept the reality. “Michael remains one of the players that have risen from the bottom to become a force within the scrabble fraternity,” said former National Champion, Fred Collins. Colin ‘Chico’ Chichester was speechless but found enough words to exclaim, “This is not some All Fools’ Day prank, is it?”
For my part, Michael, whom I have known since childhood days was a staunch friend and I found it extremely difficult coming to grips with such a cruel reality. More shocking was the fact that Michael appeared to be in pristine health and was very active in his profession as a videographer.
Only last Sunday, after ringing his phone and getting no answer, I went to his home but no one was there. Mr. Chichester also said that he was in contact with the deceased scrabble player and he appeared to be in the best of health as he addressed his professional tasks.
Buster, as he is familiarly called, leaves a drove of loved ones to mourn his death including his wife Alexis, sister, Hazel, children Chaquita and Mawava; the latter is pursuing studies as a doctor in Venezuela and members of the scrabble fraternity. Naturally, Kaieteur Sport wishes to extend deepest sympathy to the executives and players of GASP and all affected by his death. Mike buried his dad, R O Michael, another top scrabble stalwart about one year ago and now this—May your soul RIP brother!!
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