“On behalf of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), I must express deep sadness on the death of our friend and supporter Robert Selman, who died on Monday last in his native homeland of Trinidad.
“We knew that he was ailing, but his death has left a huge (loss) that would be very difficult to replace; and, personally, I have lost a true friend, father figure, and a mentor, who is one of the main reasons why my work at the RHTY&SC, MS, and BCB has been so successful.
“I first met Mr Selman in 2003, when he asked the RHTY&SC to organise the Busta Champion of Champions 40 overs tournament in Berbice for his company.”The club and the BCB, according to president Hilbert Foster, have since hosted a total of sixteen editions of the very popular tournament, while their relationship with the company has touched and changed thousands of lives in the Ancient County.
“He was a remarkable human being, who was caring, humble and down-to-heart despite his position. He had a strong passion to make sure that sport was used to improve the lives of less fortunate youths, and to promote the importance of education and discipline. The cricketing careers of numerous RHTY&SC members were made richer because of his love and encouragement.“Robert Selman never said no to any of our requests, and he was always available to give advice when we sought it. Players like Esuan and Royston Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Shemaine Campbelle and Eon Hooper all benefited from the support he provided for over 15 years. “In October 2015, he became the first recipient of our highest award – The Dolphin Award of Excellence — for his contribution to sports and youth development.“Despite not been a Guyanese, there are very few of our countrymen who could match his contribution to sports in our country. His support for cricket, football, cycling and other sports during his time in our country is well recorded.“The club (RHTY&SC), along with the BCB, would make sure that the memory of Robert Selman is kept alive by organizing a memorial. On behalf of the Management and members of the RHTY&SC, MS, and the BCB, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Robert Selman. It is our sincere hope that God would guide and protect you during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace. “Farewell, dear brother, and thanks for the rich memories you left behind.”Those were the words of tribute penned by Berbice Cricket Board President Hilbert Foster upon learning of the regrettable passing of the late Robert Selman.