It is Champs 1976 and grand showdowns loomed in more ways than one.Everald Samuels’, St Andrew Technical High School’s meteoric rise loomed large.Samuels seemed destined to upstage the reigning 100 metres champion, Balford ‘Bally’ Reid of Kingston College (KC).It was an era when KC harboured the notion that although red, the stadium track was its domain.Samuels and Calabar High had different plans.And so it was also a year when the long reign of KC as Boys’ athletics champions was under severe threat.KC had been victorius for 14 consecutive years, stretching from 1962 to 1975.A year earlier, Bally Reid had set a new mark of 10.4 seconds (hand-timed). But in 1976, Samuels, the high-kneed wonder boy, emerged out of the Bumper Hall-based school hitherto devoid of a reputation in the sprints.On Friday, the first of the two-day event, 40 years ago, both Reid and Samuels cruised through the heats of the 100 metres.Tensions were lifted to fever pitch, however, as the dominant duo drew the same semi-finals race.The stage was set in an arena that was not for the faint of heart.There was silence at the start of the race and noise in between. When it was done, there was a thunderous hush in the section of the bleachers painted ‘purple’.Samuels not only conquered the mighty ‘Bally Reid’, he also equalled the record of 10.4 seconds set by Reid the previous year.A new star was born, underlining the beginning of the end of the long dynasty of the redoubtable KC as Calabar, perennial rivals, rebounded with colour and ferocity for the first time in 15 years to secure the Mortimer Geddes Trophy.Samuels, though, was not done.He was even more dominant in the 200 metres, becoming the first schoolboy athlete to run under 21 seconds (hand-timed).His record 20.9 seconds stood until it was broken by Clarendon College’s Norman Mills in 1979.
Advertisement Advertisement John Dunsworth, left, as Mr. Lahey on “Trailer Park Boys.” (SHOWCASE) Twitter “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away,” the statement said.“John left this world peacefully after a short and unexpected illness. The family would like to request that our privacy is respected during this time of grief.” Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement John Dunsworth on the red carpet at the 2010 Genie Awards. Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for playing Mr. Lahey on the “Trailer Park Boys,” but was also involved in community theatre for decades. (KEITH BEATY / TORONTO STAR) Actor Bernard Robichaud, who portrays Cyrus on the show, called Dunsworth a Canadian icon.“My theatre teacher, a loving father, husband, and a friend to many, you will be greatly missed,” he wrote on Twitter.American comedian Tom Arnold also expressed his sympathies, writing on Twitter: “So sad. RIP John Dunsworth. One of the finest men and most brilliant actors I’ve ever had the honour to work with.”Fans were recalling some of his most notorious moments on the Trailer Park Boys, including when Mr. Lahey declared: “I am the liquor.”Dunsworth was also known for playing reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series, Haven.By ALY THOMSON – The Canadian Press Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah, who is also a star of the Trailer Park Boys, shared the same statement on her own Twitter feed.pic.twitter.com/7H1KkEOsiR— Sarah Dunsworth (@SarahDunsworth) October 16, 2017Dunsworth, originally from Bridgewater, N.S., is known for his portrayal of Mr. Lahey on the Trailer Park Boys, a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor.He was also involved in community theatre for decades.A post on the Trailer Park Boys Facebook page Monday evening said: “We’re all in shock and heartbroken by the sudden loss of our dear friend.”Condolences for the beloved actor were pouring in on social media, including several from his fellow Trailer Park Boys cast members.Mike Smith, known as Bubbles on the Trailer Park Boys, tweeted that he is “beyond devastated.”“John was a beautiful guy. Brilliant and fascinating. I am forever grateful for having known him. RIP my friend,” Smith said. HALIFAX—John Dunsworth, known for his portrayal of Jim Lahey in the comedy series Trailer Park Boys and revered as a brilliant actor with a warm heart, has died.He was 71.The news was confirmed in a statement posted on his Twitter feed Monday evening. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment