Condolences To Moakan Family
The Guyana Cricket Umpires Council (GCUC) has extended sympathy to the family of former umpire Roshan Hamid Moakan who passed away on December 22 after a brief illness. He was 66.
Moakan was born at Sisters Village on the East Bank of Berbice on March 31, I948 and resided at Smith Field in New Amsterdam. He was laid to rest at Stanleytown, New Amsterdam on December 26.
He joined the umpiring fraternity in his mid 40s and officiated in Regional cricket at the U-19 level for a number of years. He was the longest serving president or the Berbice Cricket Umpires Association (BCUA) acting in the capacity for over 10 years. In 2014 he retired as the president of the BCUA due to health reasons.
He was an inspiration to many young umpires including his siblings Zaheer and Imran Moakan. Imran is now on the emerging panel of umpires.
Moakan played first division cricket in Berbice as a wicket-keeper batsman representing Rotterdam, Mental Hospital, Providence and Bermine and was employed as an Engineer at the Bermine power plant. Moakan was a devout Muslim and served as the Imam of Sisters village Masjid for a number of years.
Moakan's passing left a void in the umpiring fraternity in the ancient county which will be difﬁcult to ﬁll. He left to mourn his wife Shirley Sue-kee and four children.