Former CFU President Gordon Derrick dies suddenly
Published on 22 June 2022
Photo: Former CFU President and Antigua & Barbuda Football Association General Secretary Gordon Derrick.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (June 22, 2022)—Member Associations of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) are amongst those mourning the death of Gordon Derrick, a former CFU President and long-serving General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA).
Derrick died suddenly at his home in Orlando, Florida on June 19, 2022 after complaining of feeling unwell. He was on the cusp of 54.
The transplanted Antiguan won the 2012 elections to lead the CFU. The membership reelected him for another four-year term in 2016, but his time at the helm of the organization and in football was shortened in late 2018 when FIFA sanctioned him.
Derrick remained committed to the sport, the ABFA notes in its condolence note, saying, “He gave his all to football and his vision for the sport in which the Caribbean is equal to all and subordinate to none, and he paid a great price. Still, neither his love for football nor his support for those still in the game waned. From chairman to cheerleader, his passion was unmuted and, perhaps, unmatched.”
CFU President Randolph Harris, in a missive to Derrick’s widow, remembered his predecessor as “warm and affable” and as someone who “sought to keep things cool and calm even when tempers flared and the temperature rose.”
President Harris expressed sincerest condolences on behalf of the CFU Executive Committee, saying that the body would hold the family in thoughts and prayers.
Derrick’s interests and professional life spanned several spheres. He was a mechanical engineer, one-time chairman of ACB Mortgage and Trust and Antigua Commercial Bank, a businessman, events promoter and an active participant in the political scene in Antigua and Barbuda.
He leaves to mourn his wife, two children, two siblings and many close friends.