Boys’ Town mourn­ing deaths of two stal­warts

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS -

Boys’ Town, founded in 1940 by Rev­erend Fa­ther Hugh Sher­lock for the young peo­ple in Kingston’s Trench Town com­mu­nity, is now mourn­ing the re­cent pass­ing of two of its mem­bers who made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to na­tional life.

Boxer Ge­orge Les­lie “Bunny” Grant, OD (Of­fi­cer Rank), Com­mon­wealth (Bri­tish Em­pire) cham­pion, and Boys’ Town mem­ber died early last week.

Grant won the Com­mon­wealth light­weight ti­tle as an In­de­pen­dence gift to Ja­maica in 1962. He and his Boys’ Town club mate and fel­low boxer Percy Hayles were men­tors to gen­er­a­tions of youth in Trench Town.

Les­burn ‘Les’ Brown, an­other Boys’ Town stal­wart, also passed away last week.

A ded­i­cated sports­man, Brown played foot­ball and cricket for Boys’ Town. He rep­re­sented Ja­maica Youth Cricket team in 1966 and toured Bar­ba­dos and Guyana. He was a left arm bats­man and bowler.

He also at­tended Vere Tech­ni­cal High in the 1960s, where he par­tic­i­pated in foot­ball and cricket. He was the cricket cap­tain at Vere when they won the Headley Cup cricket com­pe­ti­tion and was a mem­ber of the Al­lHeadley Cup Team. He also rep­re­sented the Ja­maica Un­der-19 foot­ball team, while at­tend­ing Vere.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from Boys’ Town, it was in foot­ball that he left his legacy. Brown played for Ja­maica and be­came a pi­o­neer in play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in the USA Pro­fes­sional League.

In its re­lease, Boys’ Town, while ex­tend­ing con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of both men, hailed them as two who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

Les Brown, then a student of Vere Tech­ni­cal High and a past student of Boys’ Town, be­ing crowned Boy of the Year by Miss Ja­maica Lau­rel Wil­liams, at Boys’ Town in 1967. He was cho­sen from among nine other boys for out­stand­ing im­prove­ments in the aca­demic and sports field dur­ing the year.

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