A large cross section of Guyanese society paid a rousing tribute to popular pharmacist and ardent sports personality Sydney “Syd” Cummings who was cremated yesterday at Good Hope Crematorium following a church service at Bedford Methodist Church on North Road.
Cummings was the owner of Cummings Drug Store in Camp and North Streets and he was also a member of the executive of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) and captain of the Lusignan Golf Club.
In tribute to the church service chaired by Reverend Glenna Spencer, GBBC Vice President Andrew Thorne said Cummings, who died at the age of 91, served the council with distinction as an adjudicator / judge and secretary / adjunct treasurer.
As a judge, he has officiated in several notable fights, including the vacant WBA Latin American middleweight title between Anthony Andrews and Davis Mendez as well as a bout between two of Guyana’s distinguished boxers, former world champion Andrew “Sixhead” Lewis and Terrence Alli, who also fought for a world title, said Thorne.
President of the Lusignan Golf Club, Jerome Khan remembers Cummings as an active member of the club who has never missed the main cocktails and awards ceremonies of the Guyana Open Guyana and attended the event a few years ago. barely months.
Syd was a former club captain who forged very close ties with the late Stabroek News editor David De Caires, businessmen Alvaro Seymour and John Livingstone, veteran lawyer Rex McKay and Dr John Ram Singh.
“He was jovial and was a common thread for the club over the years. Syd will also be remembered as a fierce competitor who always enjoyed a little bet with friends on the course, ”noted Khan.
Cummings has also represented Guyana at tournaments in the Caribbean, most notably in Trinidad and Tobago.
Three of the sons Roy, Bruce and André are members of the Lusignan Golf Club.
Cummings passed away on December 31 after a brief illness.