Farewell Dyke
DYke Cato
On Target
May 17, 2024

Farewell Dyke

Death has stung the sporting landscape of St Vincent and the Grenadines again.

This as last Tuesday, May 14, 2024, news broke that Dyke Cato, former national cricketer, cricket selector, teacher, coach, analyst, coach, cricket administrator, political activist, community leader and activist and many more titles, had died.

Dyke , who was 44 years old at the time of his death, succumbed to his illness, after a short period of ailment.

Whilst Dyke’s tenure in life on earth can be deemed short, it was fulfilling, and moreso, his contributions all round have been impactful.

Hailing from the North Windward area, Dyke seemingly knew one thing, and that was to serve his immediate communities and by extension, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Truth be told, he did so with gusto, fervour, and commitment to every good cause that called for his input.

As stated before, he wore many hats, hence, he would have touched many lives across St Vincent and the Grenadines, whether it be education, sports, party politics or community life.

In all, Dyke knew nothing else but to serve.

But what endeared him to people, was his free spiritedness, candid and unselfish disposition.

That endearment showed up conspicuously, when earlier this year, during the deterioration of his health, persons’ social response was activated in a relatively short space of time.

A major fund-raiser over the Easter weekend at the Park Hill Playing Field, resulted in an unbridled outpouring of support from persons from all walks of life, who descended on the venue, from various parts of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Fortunately for Dyke, he was able to get to live through a great amount of recompense of the love that Vincentians on a whole, had for him.

Surely, that outpouring of support would have cushioned and soothed some of the pains that he endured before his demise.

Going through the rungs of service, Dyke in the latter years of his life, exuded sheer love for humanity, sports, and upliftment for all who he came in contact with.

Many would tell you that Dyke was a true son of the soil, and on many occasions put St Vincent and the Grenadines and sports, beyond his strong political affiliation.

He loved the colour red, and almost on every occasion he would wear some piece of clothing or any other paraphernalia that contained his favourite colour.

Suffice it to say, he did not hide his political preference, however, in his last capacity as a supervisor/overseer at the Diamond Track Facility he placed sports and the development of Track and Field athletes, ahead of his political persuasion.

Thus, at times, he would have broken rank by ensuring that Vincentians got the maximum use of the facility.

Indeed, that was a perfect way of leaving an indelible mark on the many who experienced his genuine love for humanity.

Hopefully, what Dyke has done throughout his life and in every sphere, would have been inspiring to at least one person, and more so, worthy of emulation.

So, there is no more Dyke to cook up a storm of blue food, whenever the occasion arises, or have a spontaneous frolicking time.

But, as those here in St Vincent and the Grenadines mourn, reminisce, remain in disbelief as to the fact that someone who has given selflessly is no more, these are comforting memories.

To Dyke’s immediate family, relatives, co-workers, friends, acquaintances, members of the Radcliffe Cricket Club, fellow employees of the Division of Sports, his political allies, and others, condolences are in order as you go through this period of bereavement.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.