Brian McDonald passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2015. A veteran broadcaster, Brian died after suffering a heart attack in Soufriere, where he was part of the management team for the Veterans In Sports’ Veterans Football Tournament.
From his days at St. Mary’s College, Brian was an avid footballer. He played for the Media Association football team during the Commercial League competition, and most recently was a player-manager for Congorians Veterans.
Brian was also heavily involved in sport as an administrator. Aside from his role in Veterans In Sports, he was also part of the management unit for Blackheart Productions, and a vice-president of the Saint Lucia Boxing Association.
But Brian was certainly best known as the sports presenter on Radio Saint Lucia, where he succeeded the legendary Hervan Henry and Ryan O’Brien. Brian’s fast-paced delivery and command of the English language made his a unique and treasured voice on local airwaves.
Quite aside from his wonderful delivery, what set Brian apart was his immense memory and his vast knowledge of sports, especially football. He was able to describe events that took place when he was a toddler as if he had been there. He was able to recall minutiae from local and international football matches of years gone by.
A commentator of some note as well, Brian covered the 2009 CARIFTA Games in Saint Lucia, the Inter-School Track and Field Championships, and football matches too numerous to mention.
Forever quick with a joke and a laugh, Brian was a true friend to everyone in the local and regional sporting fraternity. His presence will be missed by athletes, administrators and colleagues alike.
As the Government of Saint Lucia and particularly the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports prepares for the 36th National Sports Awards on February 13, 2015, Brian’s support and presence will be sorely missed.
A father, brother, son, teammate, friend, Brian McDonald died aged 43.