Remembering a legend of Hamilton Parish
The following is a tribute to the late Sheldon Furbert, who passed away recently.
Sheldon Furbert was a product of family, church, school and community clubs of the late 1950s and early 1960s. An alumni of Bermuda Technical Institute, a trained motor mechanic. A strong, intelligent and astute individual.
A superb athlete in all sports — cricket, football, softball, table tennis, billiards, snooker, pool, as well as card games such as euchre and bid whist.
His administrative skills led him to positions in various associations — secretary of Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club, secretary of Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club, committee member of the Somers Isles Cricket League and Eastern County Cricket Association. He never played in the Eastern Counties because of the boundaries but was instrumental in activities, remarked Harold Millett, a former president.
Although he played football for North Village Community Club and Hamilton Parish, cricket was his sporting love.
A hard-hitting, right-hand batsman, in the mould of “Sir Viv” — Vivian Richards — with all-round ability as medium-fast right-arm bowler, good slip fielder, exceptionally accurate and hard thrower of the cricket ball and a shrewd captain.
He was vice-captain of a young Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club cricket tour to Jamaica in 1965. He for Hamilton Parish as captain for many years, Cup Match for St George’s from 1969 to 1977 with a top score of 85, represented the SICL and Bermuda Cricket Board in international tours locally and overseas.
A highlight was winning the double-wicket competition with Pakistan’s Intikhab Alam when competing against Sir Garfield Sobers and other top international and local players.
In 2008 he was recognised by the Heritage committee along with other Cup Match stars.
A true “Crawl Hill bie” who worked hard for perfection and gave lots to the game of cricket. He will be missed by family, friends, fellow players and past Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club members.
Rest in peace, Skipper.
WALISFORT “WALLY” MANDERS
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