-:Dr. Ravi Chaturvedi:-
The preparations and planning for the befitting funeral of Sir Everton Weekes, the former
legendary Windies batsman, is underway. It may be recalled that Weekes died in Barbados on
July 1 at the age of 95. Andre Donovan, his son has revealed that his father will find his resting
place (alongside the other two Ws – Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott) on July 30.
It is learnt that Andre is a musician in Germany. He is leaving for Barbados on July 14 to give
the final touches for the funeral on July 30. He said, “The Barbados Government and the
Barbados Cricket Association are trying to get me down for the funeral. They don’t want to put
dad to rest without me being there. My dad’s body is still at the Funeral Home. It is expected that
former and present West Indies cricketers – Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Brian Lara, Joel
Garner, Desmond Haynes and many surviving ex-West Indies Test cricketers are likely to attend
The pall-bearers carrying the mortal remains of the deceased Sr Everton Weekes will be David
Murray, Eareal Johnson (sons), Andre Donovan (god-son) and former Windies cricketers – Sir
Charlie Griffith, Brian Lara and Ian Bradshaw. The final rites will be conducted as per Anglican
Church rituals at Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels.
It is interesting to note that Andre and David are island cricketers. “Me and David played cricket
together for the Barbados Youth team. Many players from our team, went on to play,” Andre
“David is my brother from another mother and therefore he has retained his mother’s name. He
revealed that he did meet the other two Ws. Our families were close friends. Sir Frank Worrell
was married to a cousin of mine. Sir Clyde Walcott’s son was married to Sir Frank’s daughter
who was my cousin,” Andre added.
In Barbados on the Cave Hill Campus of The University of West Indies stands the Three Ws
Oval to perpetuate the memory of three great Barbadian and West Indian cricketers – Sir Frank
Worrell, Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Everton Weekes.
On the Eastern end of the ground (up a slight incline) is the West Indies Cricket Walk of Fame.
This leads to the gravesites of Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott and a lifelike bust of Sir
It may be pertinent to point out that Weekes holds a unique record of five successive centuries,
four of them v. India and was given controversially run out in the Chennai Test with his score at
90, depriving him of a record of six consecutive hundreds in Test cricket. Before landing in
India, he hit a ton (141) against England at Kingston in 1947-48.