FAMILY and friends of Sedley Joseph remembered the former national football captain as a role model at his funeral service, on Monday, at Fatima RC Church, Curepe.
Joseph, who died on June 8, leaves to mourn daughters Monique and Nichola. He was 80.
In the eulogy, Monique said she was thankful that her father did not have to suffer for a long time and happy the family was able to celebrate his 80th birthday last year. She said he was “a wonderful father and husband.”
Monique also read a statement from former national goalkeeper and team-mate Lincoln Phillips: “On behalf of my family please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dearly beloved Dad, our dear skipper, a fantastic player, leader, role model, friend, humanitarian and husband Sedley. The skipper as we fondly addressed him both on and off the field impacted our lives in the most meaningful and positive way.”
Joseph was a TT Sports Hall of Famer and football commentator after his playing days. He represented the national team in the 1960s among the likes of Phillips and Alvin Corneal.
Joseph, a former St Mary’s College student, earned the Hummingbird Medal Gold for his service to sport in 2005 and was inducted into TT’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
As captain of Maple Football Club, Joseph led the team to a successful run between 1960 and 1963 with a four-year sweep of the First Class League title.
He led Maple to the Port of Spain League title on seven occasions during his ten-year tenure as captain.
Dr Terry Ali, chairman of the First Citizens Sports Foundation and vice-president of the TT Olympic Committee also reflected on the life of Joseph.
Ali said, “We have been blessed to have had Sedley in our sports foundation.
“He has been there with us for so long...Sedley served on the foundation for over 40 years.”
Ali said Joseph was part of the foundation since inception when it was called the Witco Sports Foundation and continued working for the foundation from 2004 to 2016 when it was renamed the First Citizens Sports Foundation.
Joseph was a former chairman of the foundation.
“Many will remember Sedley as an exceptional footballer, a reader of the game equipped with special skills.
“Many will remember him for his calm and positive leadership as a captain of both Maple and the national football team. Many will remember him for his wisdom and non-confrontational attitude as a sports administrator.
“He was a true role model to all around him.”
Ali thanked Joseph’s family for sharing him with them.