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Village president Shervin Dill pays tribute to former player Jason Lee

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Sorely missed: North Village’s Jason Lee (left).

Jason Lee’s last contribution to the game of football that he loved was to help Wolves come from behind to upset First Division champions Hamilton Parish 2-1 in the semi-final of the Shield competition at Goose Gosling Field on April 6.

A week later the striker was killed in a cycle crash just two days before his birthday. His untimely death shocked not only the Wolves team but also the North Village Community Club where Lee played most of his football before switching clubs this season.

Ironically Lee’s last performance to Wolves’ season was a memorable one, he came on as a second-half substitute and scored the equaliser six minutes later. London Steede netted the winner in the 82nd minute as Wolves became the only First Division side to beat Hamilton Parish this season.

Lee was then sent off late in the game after picking up a second booking, which would have ruled him out of Wolves’ next match, this weekend’s Shield final against Young Men’s Social Club who upset the other promoted side, Boulevard, in the second semi-final the following night at Devonshire Rec.

Jason Lee playing against PHC in the 2009 Dudley Eve final at the National Stadium. Village won the match on penalty kicks. (File photograph by Glenn Tucker)

Lee’s contribution to North Village was recognised by Shervin Dill, the club president, who has fond memories of Lee in the club’s jersey.

“Please allow me to extend, on behalf of the North Village Community Club family, our most sincere condolences to the family of our dearly beloved former player, Jason “Beast” Lee,” Dill said. “Jason’s tragic accident came as another mighty blow and shock to our NVCC family as we had just lost another one of our legendary players, Wayne Augustus, less than two weeks earlier to yet another road fatality.”

Dill is urging motorists to slow down and take greater care on the roads.

His club, like others, have been impacted by road fatalities.

“It is our plea to the football players and all of Bermuda to please slow down, drive safely, listen to what the BFA campaign is saying ‘Stop the Violence, We Are All On ONE Team’,” he added.

“Jason was a very close member of the North Village Community Club, he loved football. He was a humble, polite, gentle giant of a person off the field and a ‘beast’ on the field.

“He played all his senior football in Bermuda with North Village Community Club.

“He came to us as a young teenager, and I can distinctly remember in his interview asking him what qualities he brings to the NVCC team.

“He confidently answered with a bit of arrogance saying ‘I will bring goals to North Village, that’s what I do. I love to score goals’.

“So said, so done. He scored many magnificent goals in his career at NVCC.”

Dill recalls Lee winning league and cup titles with the Rams during his time at the Bernard Park club.

“Jason was a significant valued member of our Premier League and Friendship Trophy champions under coach Shaun Goater in the 2010/2011 season,” he said.

“More recently he was a member of the Premier Division league champions team in the 2019–2020 season under coach Kenny Thompson.

“He left North Village this season to finish off his career playing with his friends from the neighbourhood, the Wolves or Wolf Pack as they are known, and he was having a great season until his untimely death on April 8, 2022

“We are going to really miss him. May he sleep in peace.”

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Published April 22, 2022 at 8:03 am (Updated April 22, 2022 at 8:03 am)

Village president Shervin Dill pays tribute to former player Jason Lee

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