National sporting icon Marjorie John died on Saturday morning at the age of 89.
John of netball, tennis and basketball fame, having represented T&T at all sports, but not limited to those as she played cricket, table tennis, hockey, competed in rifle shooting and cycling.
So multi-talented was the retired Police Sergeant and beloved national athlete, who was referred to as an allrounder.
Former T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis paid homage to the patriot, yesterday.
“They don’t make them like Marjorie any more!” said Lewis. “She played all those sports and excelled in all. She was very passionate about sport and country. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.”
A native of Belmont, John moved to St James to live with her god-daughter Linda Howard in 2018 when she fell ill. According to Howard, she suffered from dementia for some time now.
Born on September 20, 1932, John was a member of the national netball team at the first-ever World Netball Championship in Eastbourne, England, in 1963 along with Judy Francis, Enid Browne, Phyllis Pierre-Walker and the late Jean Pierre and Janet Bailey.
John was inducted into the First Citizens Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 2013 was a Lifetime Achievement awardee at the Spirit and Sports Awards (SOSA) staged by the Ministry of Sports and Sport Company of T&T (SporTT), joining the ranks of McDonald Bailey (2012) and Rodney Wilkes (2011) the other recipients. The award recognises those who have given their lives to T&T through sport.
She leaves to mourn brother Henry Bonadie, who resides in Canada, along with nieces and nephews here and in Canada. She was also the aunt of Bishop Andrew John.
The funeral service for the allrounder John will be held on Friday at the All Saints Anglican Church on Marli Street, Queen’s Park West, Port-of-Spain from 10 am, followed by a private cremation at Clark and Battoo.