MEMORIES of mixing with the late Terence `Terry’ Ormonde Holder were expressed by members of the cricketing fraternity as well as family members and friends on Sunday evening, when the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) held a wake at the Georgetown Cricket Club pavilion.
Holder who served as Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) for over 15 years died last Wednesday after a fight with cancer.
The former General Manager and Programme Manager of the-then Guyana Broadcasting Corporation was remembered by many as being a man of few words but when he chose to speak, he did so with authority.
Among those in attendance on Sunday evening were Justice Cecil Kennard, Lance Baptiste, Grantley Culbard, Eion Jardine who represented the Guyana Boxing Board, GCB president Dru Bahadur, former president of the Essequibo Cricket Board Alan Johnson and former president of the GCB and retired Major General of the Guyana Defence Force Norman McLean.
The late `Terry’ Holder was remembered by Baptiste as the person who advocated that cricket should start in schools.
Baptiste also reminisced on the days when Holder was a member of the Club 59 steel band and an avid football fan and player. “While at the GBC, Terry used to ensure sports reporters make contact with the GTU (Guyana Teachers Union) to get fixtures and results.”
Johnson said he met a simple person in Holder, one who was a keen listener when they (the Board) had their wrangling and Terry would just sit and listen and was very eloquent when he spoke. He was appreciative of cricketers especially from Essequibo, Johnson related, adding, “Terry made his mark, he has done his job and will surely be missed, he was a model that humanity must love.”
Bahadur also said Holder was a man of very few words and was for the uplifting of cricket.
Culbard, who worked alongside Holder when he (Holder) was a vice-president of the Guyana Manufacturers Association (GMA) said all that was said about Holder on Sunday evening is very true. “I had the opportunity to work with Terry for a number of years, and he would sit back and listen and make his feelings known. The Cricket Board will miss him for his advice,” Culbard said.
Holder, who was instrumental in bringing TV broadcasting in Guyana, nurtured a cadre of commentators, announcers, producers and reporters, and was a sticker for standards, some said.
Holder was also General Secretary of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) which he helped to establish. He also served as Deputy General Manager of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company.
Jardine said Holder did a lot for professional boxing in Guyana and he will surely be missed.
Holder’s daughter, Dawn, said Cricket was her father’s love. “Every argument there was, I would hear daddy say, shut up. There was nothing he wanted to see more than unity in Guyana’s cricket, but he had his favourite,” Dawn said.