'A Great Man' - tributes pour in for former WICB president, SportsMax founding member Pat Rousseau

By Sports Desk April 17, 2019

Messages of condolence poured in on Wednesday in reaction to the passing of The Honourable Patrick Rousseau OJ, who died on Tuesday night after a long illness. He was 85.

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