A sporting icon, always fair, and cherished friend who lived a life full of purpose and who has left a perpetual footprint on the local sporting landscape.
That’s the summary of the legacy of the late renowned sports broadcaster David Lamy, rendered by four persons, who also served as pall-bearers and who paid tribute at his funeral service at the Trinity Cathedral, yesterday.
Long-time friend Jack Warner added that Lamy was also an advisor to him in times of good and bad. “A man who not only was a sports journalist, a TV icon, a man who not only was passionate about horse-racing and football and cricket and all sports imaginable,” Warner said, “A man who cherished what he did and did it with passion, a man who was capable of creative thinking and who was a visionary spirit.”
Warner added the best legacy for Lamy was to lift sports journalism in the country.
Former champion Thoroughbred racing trainer Joe Hadeed recalled his introduction to Lamy shortly after the passing of another famed local broadcaster Raffie Knowles. Hadeed remembered that Lamy admitted to not possessing much knowledge of the horse racing game and asked his advice on how to fill the huge void in that area of expertise.
Hadeed said he recommended that Lamy visit the University of the “Fiddlewood tree” at the Queen’s Park Savannah, the gathering spot for grooms, trainers, managers and all-horse-racing related personnel to bolster his racing know-how.
“For every morning for the next 25 years Dave visited that tree and Dave fell in love with racing. That made me really admire Dave,” Hadeed said. He also recalled Lamy’s visit to England to be mentored by then top England horse racing caller Peter Bromley. Bromley was so impressed with Lamy, who invited him to Trinidad, Bromley eventually called some races in 1985. “Racing owes Dave a great debt,” Hadeed said.
Chairman of the First Citizens Sports Foundation, Dr Terry Ali, recounted Lamy’s over 40 years contribution to national sports as part of the WITCO (1976-2004),and later the First Citizens Sports Foundation, on whose board Lamy served from 2004 to 2016 when he retired.
“Being a media person, Dave always was able to give a different perspective on any discussion,” Ali said. “He was thorough in his research and firm yet fair in his decision-making and adhered to the facts, not driven by his emotions.”
Another friend and fellow broadcaster Anthony Harford called him the “patriarch of sports media”
“Unlike most people, Dave understood how life should be lived fully, full of purpose, with enthusiasm,” Harford said. “He was also an unrelenting, unbending professional.”
Harford also recalled that Lamy, who played hockey and cricket for Malvern in his younger days, attained a host of broadcasting achievements: the first local to broadcast the 1979 and 1983 World Netball Championships; the first local to broadcast live the Moscow Olympic Games followed by the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
He also implored the family of Lamy, whom he described as a voracious reader, to donate his home library to a person or entity that will employ the books to further sport journalism development in the country.