Michael ‘Shaddy’ Hippolyte, former national cricketer, national footballer, cricket umpire, football referee and long-outstanding Shamrock sports personality, died last Thursday following a massive stroke which had him hospitalised for 15 days before he passed away.
He was 77 years old.
As a cricketer, Shaddy was one of those few persons who opened both the bowling and batting. He represented Saint Lucia from 1957 to 1965.
As a footballer, he featured regularly in the position of full-back and represented the national team from 1955 through to 1962. He had the distinction of captaining the national team in both cricket and football.
Shaddy will also be remembered by many (of the older generation) for his many years of officiating as a cricket umpire and a football referee. During his sporting career, Shaddy displayed the commitment and character necessary for a young sportsperson to succeed.
For Shaddy, cricket was a lovely game, a simple game and a game to be enjoyed. He himself brought much joy to so many of us. Shaddy was a great sportsman, and a tremendous person to have had discussion with on the laws of cricket and football.
In 2014, the Ministry of Youth and Sports bestowed upon him the title of “Life Time Achievement Award” at the National Sports Award Ceremony.
Let us all extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family – it is surely a delicate and sensitive period for them.