A founding member of two Jamaican alumni associations in the Greater Toronto Area has passed away.
Barry Huie, who co-founded the annual Jamaican alumni soccerfest and Kingston College Old Boys Alumni Association’s Toronto chapter, succumbed to cancer. Family and friends gathered at a Markham church last week to pay tribute to Huie whose body was cremated.
In 1987, Huie along with fellow alumnus Gerry Lindo and St. George’s Old Boys Neil Dalhousie, Michael Lym and Patrick “Skedron” Smith started the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations Soccerfest that is a featured summer attraction in the city’s Jamaica’s community.
Smith and Huie attended Miss Vassell’s Preparatory School and St. Aloysius Elementary School in Kingston, Jamaica before graduating to high school.
“Barry was one of my oldest friends,” said Smith. “We met in the early 1940s and had a close relationship for almost seven decades. We lived close by and we remained close when he left to attend Kingston College and I moved on to St. George’s. He was my brother and I enjoyed the lifetime association with him.”
Huie was also a founder of the Kingston College alumni association in December 1973 and he suggested that the organization honour the late vice-president Maurice McDonald’s memory with a scholarship.
He’s survived by his partner Adlin McFarlane and children Lisa and Kim.
By RON FANFAIR