Contemporaries of the late Patrick “Pat” Rousseau have described him as a passionate cricket lover with an astute legal and business mind.
Jamaican Rousseau, who died on Tuesday at age 85 after prolonged illness, was president of West Indies Cricket Board between 1996 and 2001.
“Patrick Rousseau, he and I first went to Wolmer’s [Boys’ School] on the same day in January 1944. I had a wonderful personal friendship with Pat ever since then,” said former West Indies and Jamaica wicketkeeper John “Jackie” Hendriks yesterday regarding their 75-year link.
“Pat was a highly intelligent man, one of our leading lawyers, and I’m happy to have had a relationship with him for these many, many years. It’s a sad, sad day for me to learn of his passing. I always had Pat to fall back on whenever anything was bothering me. It’s a terrible loss for me, as I can imagine for many other people,” Hendriks, 85, told the Jamaica Observer.
“Pat was involved in West Indies cricket — I thought one of the very fine presidents we had. His emphasis was on cricket and on the players. I think he cut his presidency too short by resigning… I don’t think we [West Indies] have recovered since then,” he continued.
Rousseau, born January 4, 1934, was well known in the legal field for his decades-long work at the law firm Myers, Fletcher and Gordon, where he was a senior partner.
During his time in charge of regional cricket the board landed a ground-breaking international television deal with Sky and earned the right to host the 2007 Cricket World Cup.