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Oliver Camps funeral today

Harvard, football fraternity to pay final respect

Ex-Harvard president Oliver Camps does a dance at the club's 75th anniversary celebrations at the club's premises in Port of Spain last September.
Ex-Harvard president Oliver Camps does a dance at the club's 75th anniversary celebrations at the club's premises in Port of Spain last September.

THE funeral of former TT Football Federation and Harvard Club president Oliver Camps will take place today at St Finbar's RC Church, Westmoorings, at 10.30 am.

Camps, 87, died last Tuesday at the St Clair Medical Centre, five days after he was admitted.

He led the national governing body for football between 1992 and 2012, longer than any other president in the federation's history.

Apart from his family and colleagues within the football fraternity, Camps will also be remembered by the Harvard Club's membership. In a media release from Harvard, Camps was said to have a strong claim on having had "the most distinguished club membership ever."

"His membership with the Harvard Club spanned some 66 years, beginning from 1952. Ollie was not only the longest active club member but also easily the longest serving club administrator, having served in three of the principal management posts for a total of almost 50 years," the media release said.

Camps was also the longest-serving secretary of Harvard, having held the post for 25 years between 1961 and 1986.

The release said: "The measure of the respect he attracted from the membership in discharging the duties of the post is the nickname by which he came to be known: 'Red Eric,' after the then-ruling father of the nation, Dr Eric Williams."

Camps served as the club's vice-president from 1986 to 1990, before assuming presidency for 20 years until 2010.

Camps was immediately named the club's patron upon leaving office and held that title until his death.

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