CWI mourns the passing of its former president and SportsMax founder Pat Rousseau OJ

By April 17, 2019

Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt has expressed sadness at the passing of former president Pat Rousseau OJ.

Rousseau, an attorney, died on Tuesday night. He was 85.

Rousseau served as president of the West Indies Cricket Board from 1996-2001 and was the founding chairman of the Sportsmax cable network in 2002.

Skerritt, who became CWI president in March, reflected on the former president’s accomplishments and was remorseful at the news of his passing.

“It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of former WICB president Pat Rousseau on Wednesday. Pat was a strong man, always very focussed and determined. He was a sharp legal and business mind, and it was reflected during his time in charge of the organization between 1996 and 2001,” Skerritt said in a statement released on Wednesday.

“He, along with former chief marketing executive Chris Dehring, was instrumental in signing a record (at the time) international television deal for the WICB, now CWI, with Sky and convincing the International Cricket Council to stage the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean.”

Skerritt said Rousseau was “the driving force behind the incorporation of the WICB in November 1998, starting the transformation of the organization into becoming a more corporate operation, and the permanent relocation of the Corporate Headquarters to Antigua.”

Skerritt continued: “He was passionate about his work, he loved life, he was a keen follower of sport, leading to him and Dehring launching SportsMax, the first subscription television network broadcasting sports programming to the entire Caribbean, and he was a great mentor to many people. He will be missed.

“On behalf of the Directors, Management and Staff of Cricket West Indies, we honour his legacy and his contribution to the game in the Caribbean and mourn his loss alongside his family, friends and the people of Jamaica.”

Rousseau is survived his wife, children and grandchildren.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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