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Bobby Rupie - ‘Mr. Cricket’ Dead At Age 51

By Darshan Chickery
September 17, 2008
It is with great respect I attempt to pay tribute to an avid fan, player and contributor to the sport of cricket in New York and beyond. I must admit that I did not know the late Mr. Bobby Rupie personally, but the little I knew of him, I can say that he was a refreshing individual to say the least. Mr. Rupie died on September 11, 2008.

Bobby Rupie

A simple man, he was genuine, honest and most of all a ‘die hard’ affiliate of the West Demerara Sports Club. At the point of his death, he was the Treasurer of the West Indian Softball Association and the Manager of the West Demerara Sports Club.

He took the position of being the Manager of the West Demerara Sports Club so seriously, that he often stressed out when the club did not do well.

A cricket lover of any form of the game, Mr. Rupie was one of the founding members of the West Indian Softball Association, established in 1998. I was told he was one of the organizers of the first Softball Cricket World Cup. That event was held in the State of Florida in 2000.

I attended his viewing at every session although not for the complete duration. The stories told at the viewing were for the most part touching. There was silence, laughter, and an abundance of emotions. I even teared-up when an individual eulogized him briefly last Friday evening.

I am very sure I did not do justice to his contributions to the sport of cricket. However, with this attempt, I hope that there are individuals in our community who is aware of his abundant contributions to the sport. Please contact me via email at

Mr. Rupie will be deeply missed. His contributions to the sport of Cricket will not be forgotten. He was cremated on, Sunday September 14, 2008.

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