Government officials, cricket administrators, cricketers, fans, and dignitaries are expected to fill the grounds of the Elquemedo Willett Park, in Charlestown on Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:00pm, to bid their final farewell, to a son of the soil, who gave so much pride and joy to the country and region he loved; while playing the sport with which he was fascinated, until separated by his untimely death, in Trinidad, his adopted home.
Though, it is a solemn occasion, Morton’s family has requested all in attendance to celebrate his life and achievements.
Family members have therefore asked everyone to wear bright and cheerful colours, instead of the traditional colours of mourning.
“This is a celebration of the life of Mr. Runako Morton,” said one spokesman on behalf of the family. The family has also requested attendees who are planning to take floral tributes to the service, to instead consider real flowers, and not artificial ones.
According to some reports attributed to the Island Government, assistance is being provided to the family for the official Open Funeral Service for Morton, who was a dashing right-handed batsman who played 15 test matches for the West Indies scoring 573 runs at an average of 22.03, and 56 ODI’s scoring 1519 runs at an average of 33.75 with 2 centuries and 10 fifties. His international career spanned 8 years (2001 -2009).
Morton died in a traffic accident on Sunday, 4th March, when the Nissan Tiida he was driving hit a utility pole on the Solomon Hochoy Highway, in Chase Village, in central Trinidad. He was on his way home to Princes Town, San Fernando, after representing his local club Queen’s Park Cricket Club (Parkites) in a cricket match at the Queen’s Park Oval.
A memorial service was held in Trinidad on Tuesday 13th March, during which he was eulogized by the President of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), Mr. Dinanath Ramnarine. Among those in attendance were former West Indies captain Chris Gayle, former Test players from the West Indies, team-mates and family members.
The funeral service will be streamed live on Choice Community radio 105.3 FM and on Nevis Television (NTV) from 11:30am.