Former Barbados national midfielder Sheridan Rudy Grosvenor was hailed as a titan of the local football fraternity and his absence will leave a big gap to fill.
Following the news of his untimely passing yesterday evening after a battle with cancer, the outpouring of love for the 43-year-old former Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame and Waterford Compton player can only be described as second to none.
On the Barbados Football Association’s and Grosvenor’s social media pages, condolence messages continue to pour in.
Stephanie Howell: “Condolences to the family, especially my football team Waterford Compton. May he Rest In Peace. Rudy we will all miss you”.
Jeff Hackett: “My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May he Rest In Eternal Peace”.
Chad Bynoe: “Sleep In Peace Rudy Rudes. One of the most genuine people I had the pleasure of knowing. Condolences to all my Dames and Compton family”.
Ruth Ramjit: “My deepest condolences. May he Rest In Peace and Rise In Glory. Rest well Rudy. You will be missed”.
Mark Ifill: “Rest In Peace fam. Football lost a good one”.
Paul A Bourne: “Condolences, blessings and strength to Rudy’s family and relatives and by extension the football fraternity. May he rest peacefully and Rise in Eternal Glory”.
Norman Forde: “Top footballer and a great person. Rest In Peace my brother”.
Ann Marie Burke: “Rudy was such a cool individual and a footballer of tremendous talent on and off the field...when he hung up his national boots he continued to mentor and coach the younger generation...always looking for the best in developing the sport”.
Carl Goodridge: “Rudi molded a lot of the aspiring young men in the game of football and when he stopped playing competitive football, he went on to coach Compton Football Club and gave his loyalty and time without seeking rewards for the game he loved and was dedicated to.
He gave most of active playing years to Notre Dame and he was instrumental with Notre Dame having many years of success and won many championships with Rudi Talisman to which he would represent Barbados national team as regular member.
We at Notre Dame would never forget his service to the club since he was a mentor for all the young guys in the club as a father figure. May he Rest In Peace. You were one of my heroes Rudi”.
Corey “Beenie Man” Barrow: “We played with and against each other from youth football days, then seniors then Masters. Was always a good teammate and competitive player. This Really Hit Hard. I HATE CANCER. Rest Easy Brethren”.
Meanwhile, BFA’s General Secretary Edwyn Wood said Grosvenor, who he described as a no-nonsense and likable guy, would always be remembered for his role in propelling Compton into the Premier League.
“Rudy has been involved in football for many years and he went on to represent Barbados at the senior level. More recently he was instrumental in the formation and the rise of Waterford Compton into the Premier League. We at the BFA extend our condolences to the family and friends at this time of their bereavement,” he said.