A BATTING WITH BIMAL SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Family and friends pay last respects as Runako Morton is laid to rest

Morton will forever be remembered as a great West Indian cricketer

 

Runako Morton, was laid to rest at the St. George Anglican Church, in his hometown of St Kitts and Nevis, two weeks after he tragically passed away.

Morton, aged 33, died after his car crashed into a utility pole on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Chase Village in Trinidad, while returning home after a cricket match.

There was a five hour service in his honour, before he was buried, at The Elquemedo Willett Park, which was filled with hundreds of mourners, amongst whom included dignitaries and present and past cricketers.

St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Denzil Douglas, who delivered a tribute for Morton, was also one of the many hundreds of mourners.

Premier of Nevis, Joseph Parry, Sports Minister Hensley Daniel, and former Premier Vance Amory, delivered the eulogy.

Many past and present cricketers were at the tribute service as well, including local Nevis resident, Carl Tuckett, who played in one ODI for the West Indies 14 years ago, and former West Indian all-rounder Omari Banks, who was Morton’s teammate when the pair played together for the Leeward Islands.

Chris Gayle, who was also spotted at the tribute, paid respect to his teammate and close friend.

Former Premier Vance Amory, said that Morton was a “unique” spirit and that there was another side to him. “He was not all aggression once you got to know him. You would have known that he was a unique and special person who loved family and friends with passion” Amory said.

Morton, represented the West Indies in 15 tests and 56 ODIs, in an international career that lasted for more than nine years.

He moved to Trinidad and Tobago five years ago, before making his first class debut for the twin island republic, just over a year ago.

Morton also leaves behind a wife, Leiselle and children Kalika, Macario and Demica-Dior.

Morton, will forever be remembered as an ambassador of West Indies cricket, and as a great man, both on and off the pitch, by all those lucky enough to meet him.

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