November 30, 2007
Umpire George ‘GT’ Browne makes his final decision

Former international cricket umpire, George “GT” Browne, made his final walk last week Tuesday, November 20, not to a cricket match, but to his eternal resting place. Browne was laid to rest at the Kingstown Cemetery.{{more}}

This followed a Funeral Service held at the Kingstown Methodist Church.

Browne, 73, finally succumbed to his battle with prostate cancer, at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, November 12.

Many persons last Tuesday, from all walks of life, turned out to pay their last respects to Browne. Eulogised by Fitzroy Dowers, with the sermon delivered by Victor Job, President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association Julian Jack spoke on his organisation’s behalf. Following the service, mourners were serenaded by X-Pan of Sion Hill to the Kingstown Cemetery.

Browne officiated in his lone international match at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago, when the West Indies faced Pakistan, in the 1998 series. Browne was the television replay umpire when this country hosted its first and only test match thus far in 1997 between the West Indies and Sri Lanka. He was also a Match Referee at international cricket matches at the Arnos Vale Playing Field.

Considered by many as an astute exponent at his umpiring craft, Browne was a long standing President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Umpires Association before retiring in 1998.

But it was not all officiating for Browne, as he was an active cricketer and administrator of the once Somerset of Sion Hill. Also an ardent domino player, Browne, represented the Flying Target Domino Club, another product of the Sion Hill community.

Browne was among three persons honoured recently by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association at its annual recognition ceremony. (RT)