Former CEO of the WICB passes away

Wife Alison confirmed for Observer Media that Camacho who would have turned 70 on the 15th of October, passed away at home just before 4’oclock this morning.

She described his passing as a blessing with him being in a better place, because the cancer took a toll on him in the last few months.

Camacho was diagnosed with the disease 15 and a half years ago.

The Guyanese national has called Antigua home for the last 19 years, coming here to work with the WICB, of which he eventually became the Chief Executive.

Camacho who was also a former West Indies Cricketer, played in eleven tests from 1968 to 1971 as an opening batsman and occasional leg-spin bowler.

Renowned cricket commentator and writer, Tony Cozier says he knew Camacho was gravely ill so it has not come as a complete shock but is a blow nonetheless.

Cozier says Camacho who was a friend, came from a very strong cricketing background.

“He didn’t do full justice to the quality of his batting. He did show immense promise when he started. He made 157 against the Australians in 1965 at the age of 20. But at the test level he did not quite live up to the expectations. But certainly, as far as the administration was concerned he was outstanding. He handled everything, his organisation was superb. It’s a big loss and it would come as a shock to all those who knew and admired him”.

Cozier says Steve Camacho loved a good joke.

“He had an impish sense of humor. He was always looking for a joke or telling one. He enjoyed it. He enjoyed what he was doing, whether it was playing, whether it was being the Chief Executive officer, whether it was straightening out problems within the West Indies board. Whatever it was, he enjoyed it and put his full effort into it. He was a personality. His outlook on life was full of cheer and optimism and I always found him superb”.

Former WICB Vice President, Clarvis Joseph says when the administrative history of West Indies cricket is written it will be about Steve Camacho, who was the first permanent employee of the WICB and achieved a number of other firsts.

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