Cora Rick­etts re­mem­bered as kind, lov­ing per­son

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Robert Bai­ley Sun­day Gleaner Writer

HUN­DREDS OF mourn­ers turned out yes­ter­day at the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral on North Street, Kingston, to cel­e­brate the life of for­mer sec­ond vi­cepres­i­dent of Netball Ja­maica (NJ) Cora Rick­etts at her thanks­giv­ing ser­vice.

Tributes to Rick­etts were led by pres­i­dent of NJ Dr Paula Da­ley-Mor­ris, who de­scribed her as a very lov­ing and kind per­son.

“Her death was very shock­ing be­cause we were not ex­pect­ing her to die,” said Da­ley-Mor­ris.

“She told us that she was do­ing surgery, and she was even mak­ing prepa­ra­tions as to how she would re­late to us when she was re­cov­er­ing, and im­me­di­ately when we thought that the surgery would have ended, that is when we went there (hos­pi­tal), and that is when she died,” she said.

“We were very sad, and we con­tinue to be sad be­cause she was re­ally a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the sport, and she did a lot to make sure that things worked for us,” Da­ley Mor­ris said.

Pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Netball Fed­er­a­tion Molly Rhone re­mem­bered Rick­etts as a very hard work­ing and ded­i­cated per­son.

“I think netball will re­ally miss her be­cause I brought her into the in­ter­na­tional body while she was the man­ager of the Un­der-16 team, and she moved up from there to manag­ing the se­nior team,” said Rhone.

“She did her work dili­gently be­cause you could de­pend on her to do what she was sup­posed to do, and she was very pas­sion­ate about what she was do­ing,” she said.

Dr Janet Dyer, manag­ing di­rec­tor of HEART Trust NTA, where Rick­etts worked as the di­rec­tor of rev­enue ser­vices at the time of her death, said that she was sadly missed by her or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“She was the heart­beat for most of the em­ploy­ers,” said Dyer.

“She was the kind of per­son, no mat­ter how sad you are and Cora walked in the room, she had some­thing comedic to say to you that you had to start laugh­ing,” she said.

“She was the driver for our rev­enue ser­vices, and I would say to Cora, ‘How do you get to col­lect the money from all of these per­sons?’ and she would say, ‘You have to know the art of do­ing that, you have to come to Cora’,” Dr Dyer said.

Singer Di­mario McDow­ell de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful ren­di­tion of the song My Way, much to the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the mourn­ers.

Of­fi­ci­at­ing min­is­ter at yes­ter­day’s ser­vice was the Rev Fa­ther Kings­ley Asphall.

Rick­etts is sur­vived by her hus­band Marvin and three chil­dren. Cre­ma­tion will fol­low at a later date.

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Marvin Rick­etts (hus­band) and Marugua Stephen­son (sis­ter) of the late Cora Rick­ets both sing a hymn at the ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing for her life at the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral in Kingston, yes­ter­day.

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