St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis- Dr Terrance Drew, extended condolences on the passing of Comrade Earl Clarke, a poet, historian, activist, stalwart, and patriot.
PM Terrance Drew took to Facebook and shared a statement on the passing of Earl Clarke. He said, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Comrade Earl Clarke, a poet, historian, activist, stalwart, and patriot. I called him Professor because of the endless words of wisdom he often shared. “
He has contributed tremendously to nation building on numerous levels, as an ardent party supporter and member, and through several other organizations, such as the St Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and Cuba-St. Kitts Nevis Friendship Association, to name a few.
The nation has benefited greatly from his wealth of knowledge and passion. His energetic and spirited contributions will be surely missed.
St Kitts and Nevis Football Association also mourned the sudden demise of Former football referee and social activist Earl Clarke. It added, “Former football referee and social activist Earl Clarke has passed away. Clarke is a veteran contributor to sports in St. Kitts and Nevis and made an invaluable contribution to football officiating as a referee in First Division football.”
It added that fond memories of him from those who knew him best, remember Earl Clarke as a stickler for the rules of football, who was very stern and keen on implementing the laws of the sport.
As a former police officer, some believe this may have also influenced his strict interpretation of the laws of football in how he officiated. Former SKNFA President Stanley Franks, says Earl Clarke contributed to every sport in St. Kitts and Nevis.
He remembers him also as a strong community man who would get involved in any activity geared at advancing communities across the Federation. The SKNFA wishes to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Clarke and, by extension, the footballing community of St Kitts and Nevis. May his soul rest in peace.