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By Sam Sooppersaud (Photo: Courtesy Shiek Mohamed, NewYorkCricket.com)
Thursday, September 15, 2011, I returned homeabout 3:40 p.m. after
doing some chores around the village. As I was packing away my tools in
the garage my wife looked out the window and called out to me, "Sam,
come, come right away". The tone of her voice and the countenance on her
face told me that something bad had happened. So I went under the
window and looked up.
"Jerry died, Jerry died", she repeated a
few times. I asked which Jerry as I know a few friends named Jerry. My
wife said, "our neighbor from Besty Ground, your friend the umpire"
For a few moments I was speechless, in total shock. I then asked if
she is sure, and how she knew. She said our mutual friend, Bridgebokan,
called and said that Jerry was on his way home from work. Another
vehicle hit his from behind. Jerry came out to check on his car. He was
hit by another vehicle. Jerry died of his injuries.
known Jerry for over fifty years. We both came from the Berbice
district of East Canje. I from Canefield Settlement, Jerry from Betsy
Ground. He lived next door to my wife Sevika. They both attended
Transfiguration Lutheran School at Betsy Ground. I went to St Patrick's
During the fifties (50'S) when we were growing up
there were inter school cricket competitions: high schools and primary
schools. Jerry played for Transfiguration, while I played for St.
Patrick's. Our mutual friend Bridgebokan played for Cumberland
Jerry bowled at a medium pace. Like most medium
pacers his line and length were immaculate. He was almost always on
spot. Many batsmen took extra care when facing the guile of the young
Jerry and myself along with my wife went to
Berbice Educational Institute (Ramlochan High School), after we had
graduated from elementary school. In high school Jerry continued to play
the game he loved so much. He represented B.E.I. on numerous
tournaments among the high schools in the Firestone Competition
sponsored by then businessman Somal Rampersaud. Of course he bowled his
medium pace stuff, with much success.
After high school we
kept in touch, afterall we were living not far away from each other. We
then both took up our respective employment, Jerry went into sales as an
Insurance Representative, I joined the Guyana Police Force. Then came
family: wife and children and I guess both of us became immersed in the
family life, but we still saw each other, but less frequently.
I emigrated to the USA in 1969 and did not meet up with Jerry again,
maybe, until the mid eighties. I was playing in a league game. Guess
who was one of the umpires! Jerry Kishun. It was quite a reunion
between. We had so many stories to tell each other. So much to catch up
According to Jerry, he just did not want to "hang it up"
when his playing days were over. He still enjoyed the game. He went to
several games as a spectator but did not feel that fulfilment. He
decided that he will "get into umpiring". He wanted to give back to that
game that had given him so much.
Umpire Jerry Kishun was
trained as an umpire back in Guyana and stood in numerous First Class
matches, but he was always willing and ready to do the "village" games.
He was much respected by his peers, players, and spectators alike. When
he came to the USA, he continued his umpiring career in New York
Metropolitan area. He umpired in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
He was also guest umpire at several out of state tournaments.
In New York, Jerry umpired in the Red Stripe tournaments, the
Caribbean Cup, several USACA regional tournaments, inter-league
tournaments, and numerous other tournaments and competitions. At the
time of his passing Jerry was a well liked and respected umpire
attached to the United States of America Cricket Umpires Association
(USACUA) standing in the Brooklyn Cricket League, Nassau Cricket League,
and the Eastern American Cricket Association. With the advent of the
Public Schools Athletic League Varsity cricket program, Umpire Jerry was
called to duty and he was one of the favorites of the young kids. He
was always ready to offer a "little advice" to a youngster, bowler or a
One memory came to mind that put a smile to my
face. It was when I first met Jerry over here in New York, when he
umpired the league match in which I played. After the game we talked
for a while. As I was about to leave to go home, Jerry said, "Snakey,
whey you going?" I told him I was going home. Jerry's reply was, "nah
not yet, come to me car". Together we went to Jerry's car. He opened his
car trunk. Behold, in his trunk was a carton box. In the box was a
variety of, how do I put it, let's just say "beverages. "
a reunion we had!. We were joined by several of the players. From what I
learnt from them, Jerry was always one to accomodate his friends after a
Jer, (this is what I usually call him), Umpire Jerry
we will all miss you, as a friend, an adviser, and an astutue umpire.
reported yesterday that
NYPD had arrested and charged 61-year-old Luis Narvaez with leaving an
accident that resulted in the death of 65-year-old Jerry Kishun and
tampering with evidence. The hit-and-run happened at 4:54 a.m. on Thursday at the Grand Central Parkway exit at 82nd Street.