Tribute to the late Sir Everton DeCourcy Weekes by Minister of Culture, Creative Economy and Sports, John King.
On behalf of the Government and people of Barbados, I express our deepest condolences to the family of one of the world’s greatest and most revered cricketers, Sir Everton DeCourcy Weekes.
Sir Everton, one of the best batsmen of all times, was renowned for his outstanding accomplishment of being the only man to score centuries in five consecutive test innings, in 1949.
This was complimented by his jointly holding the record of scoring the fastest one thousand runs in test cricket. The fact that his success with the bat has not been emulated in over seventy years is testimony to the greatness of our Barbadian hero.
Sir Everton will be fondly remembered for the indelible impact he made on the sporting world, both as one of the world’s best cricketers and as a gentleman.
Beyond his exploits in the cricketing arena, he was distinguished in the way he inspired friendships through his easy going demeanor, humility, rich smile, warm heart and a willingness to share his knowledge and experience.
This was particularly evident in the manner in which he interacted with persons of all ages and classes, but especially with the youth in today’s West Indies Cricket teams, those at the Everton Weekes Cricket Academy and the youth across wider Barbados.
Today as we are saddened by his passing, we celebrate Sir Everton Weekes, a true sportsman, who recognized the importance and impact of sports, locally, regionally and internationally.
This was reflected in his statement “I played my cricket for the people and it is very good to know they respected me. I hope I made people happy with the way I played.”
This modus operandi was also reflected in his playing of the game of bridge, in which he went on to represent Barbados internationally for over ten years and was distinguished in so doing.
In returning to the pavilion at the age of 95, he has once again demonstrated an exceptional innings, a life well lived, characterized by excellence on and off the field. Well done Sir Everton!
His passing brings to an end, the final chapter in the era of the legendary 3W’s of the West Indies Cricket Fame, as he was pre-deceased by his partners in cricketing glory, Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott.
4,455 runs in 48 Tests, at a remarkable average of 58.61 runs per innings, including 15 centuries, we thank you Sir Everton, for your contribution to the development of cricket and to the annals of the history of Barbados.
Barbadians at home and abroad, as well as the remainder of the cricketing world will miss Sir Everton, a phenomenal cricketer, sporting icon and outstanding gentleman.
May he rest in peace.
Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports, John King