Late Coach Humphrey re­mem­bered as pas­sion­ate lover of sports

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - Sport - BY PAUL A REID

MON­TEGO BAY, St James — Well-known coach and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Dwayne Humphrey, who died of a heart at­tack at the Univer­sity of the West Indies hos­pi­tal early Thursday morn­ing, was de­scribed by his brother Rayon as a “go get­ter” whose death was a “loss for sports”.

The 47 year-old Humphrey, who last coached Al­ston High to the se­cond round of the ISSA dacosta Cup foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son, their best in years, was hos­pi­talised with a heart con­di­tion that he suf­fered from for the past 20 years, his fam­ily told the Sunday Ob­server.

He was due to un­dergo heart surgery when he passed.

Humphrey, who had trav­elled to Ger­many three years ago to get treat­ment for his heart, needed surgery for prob­lems with the valves to his heart which was also en­larged, but died be­fore he could un­dergo any of the pro­ce­dures, even the prepara­tory ones, de­spite most of the money be­ing raised to cover the surg­eries.

His sis­ter Natalie, who was his main care-giver up to the time of his pass­ing, told the Sunday Ob­server he passed just be­fore 3:00am on Thursday and the of­fi­cial cause of death was “car­diac ar­rest”. She said the doc­tors had told her he also had “dam­age to his kid­neys as well”.

Natalie re­called that her brother, who was older than her was “pas­sion­ate in cap­i­tal let­ters and strong”, adding he was al­ways com­pet­i­tive even while grow­ing up and looked out for the less for­tu­nate.

Humphrey, a cer­ti­fied coach of foot­ball, cricket and ten­nis, taught phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion at St James Prep in Mon­tego Bay for years. He also coached at

Knock­alva Tech­ni­cal and Ir­win High and was part of the youth coach­ing staff at Mon­tego Bay United, while coach­ing Reg­gae

Youths FC in the Western Con­fed­er­a­tion Su­per League.

The for­mer Peters­field High stu­dent, who rep­re­sented his school in three sports — foot­ball, cricket and track and field — died leav­ing his daugh­ter Shan­tae.

The late Humphrey’s plight was high­lighted in the Ob­server just over three weeks ago after he made a plea for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to un­dergo what was then an ur­gent oper­a­tion and a fundrais­ing ef­fort was launched by the County of Corn­wall Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (COCAA), led by its pres­i­dent Stephen Smith.

Smith tsaid yesterday the re­sponse to the fundrais­ing was “pos­i­tive” with sev­eral over­seas donors mak­ing con­tri­bu­tions.

“Coach Humphrey had touched a lot of lives, es­pe­cially when he worked at St James Prep and his death is a big loss,” Smith said. “We had hoped that we were able to raise the funds in time for him to do the oper­a­tion and be able to live a com­fort­able life af­ter­wards,” he added.

Late Coach Dwayne Humphrey in hap­pier times.

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