Bermuda has lost a favoured son, father, husband, pioneer, philanthropist and valued statesman, with the recent passing of Mr Charles Marshall.
At once top-rated football referee, Bermuda Football Association (BFA) president, United Bermuda Party (UBP) Senator and business owner, Mr Marshall died following a more than decade-long battle with prostrate cancer.
“Bermuda has lost a true son of the soil and a statesman,” read a BFA statement carried on its website. “The Bermuda Football Association sends condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Charles E. Marshall MBE, former President of the BFA.
“Our logo on social media will change as a mark of respect and remembrance during a period of mourning.
“Rest well Mr. Marshall.”
Mr Marshall, along with others, was a key player in the desegregation of local football that brought together the Bermuda Football Combination – White League – and Bermuda Football League – Black League – which consequently led to the formation of the BFA.
In Mr Marshall refereed a World Cup preliminary match in El Salvador along with Tony Clift and Rex Osborne in El Salvador in front of 90,000 spectators.
He was a funder of the organization in recent years as part of his philanthropic endeavours.
Said Mr Marshall in his autobiography’Fair Play’: “It’s not a question of making money, but it is what you do with it, and that you did not do this on your own.
“It was people from all walks of life that were responsible for my success.”
Mr Marshall was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992
Mr Marshall was also a firm proponent of people submitting to early testing for prostrate cancer, noting: “The sooner people recognize that anyone can get prostrate cancer and the quicker they become willing to be examined and have it seen to, the better it is and the greater chance of survival.”
Mr Marshall is survived by his wife, Lesley and children.
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