Brian Moore, a defender with the College Savannah United Football Club has passed away.
The avid footballer with the Division 2 team succumbed to his injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) last night, after sustaining burns to about 90 percent of his body.
Moore, a plant attendant at the Arawak Cement Plant, was engaged in a cement mixing process at the St Lucy factory on Sunday when the accident occurred.
President of the club, Rodinald “Reggie” King described Moore, who began playing with them at age 15, as a no-nonsense individual, who believed in the rules but always respectfully expressed his opinions.
“He was very strong-minded and power-driven to achieve at the highest level. He is going to be missed in the club terribly. He was that type of individual who empowered you to do things, while he would tell you what he thought about every aspect of life and how he analyzed it,” he said.
King added that football was Moore’s life and his passion, and he went on to become one of the club’s best defenders, always performing well whenever he went on the field.
“That was one thing he really loved, plus work. When it came to studying, he was a man who puts down and goes under to work hard. He was one you could follow to try to emulate him or try to be close to him so he could educate you in that aspect of life. Even though he was young, he had a very open mind about certain things,” he said.
The former St Mark’s Primary School student attended the Christ Church Foundation School and went on to complete sixth form at Combermere School. He also gained an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Barbados Community College.
Brian’s mother, Sharon Moore said Reggie believed in her son.
“He would got football and call Brian. ‘Brian, I got the net and the balls to carry 'cross, but I got work’. He would bring them and leave them in the gallery and Brian would carry them 'cross and set them up. When the game done, Brian would take them down and bring them back. Brian was his go-to boy,” she said.
Describing her son as her heart, Sharon said they shared an inseparable bond and confided in each other.
“Brian was my everything. If you butt anybody in this neighborhood, I don’t think they would have anything bad to say about Brian,” she said.
Three employees- plant attendants Erroll Lewis and Moore and process supervisor Vincent Ellis were overseeing the mix when a blockage was observed in a cyclone at the preheater tower.
Reports indicate that efforts to address the problem led to an extremely hot mixture spilling and covering Moore’s body, resulting in extensive burns to his body. Ellis also sustained radiant exposure and received burns to his hands and feet. He is currently warded at the QEH.
The President, Executive Board, management, and staff of the Barbados Football Association wish to extend sincere condolences to the Moore family on Brian’s untimely passing.
May he rest in perfect peace.