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Funeral details for ex-St Augustine and Santa Rosa coach Kenny Thomas

The funeral of veteran FC Santa Rosa coach Kenny Thomas will be held on Thursday 3 December 2015 from 1 pm at the Divine Encounter church on Ragoo Road, D’Abadie.

Photo: Former FC Santa Rosa and St Augustine coach Kenny Thomas.
Photo: Former FC Santa Rosa and St Augustine coach Kenny Thomas.

Thomas passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday 21 November 2015.

The affable coach was a member of the Howard University team that won the NCAA Division One title in 1971. He coached the St Augustine Green Machine to several SSFL titles in the 1990s while he was also an assistant coach at Pro League team, Tobago United.

Thomas joined Santa Rosa in 2002 and coached both youth and senior teams in his fourteen years with the club.

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  1. On behalf of my grandmother, Ms. Daniel, and the rest of the family, I would like to thank you for the kind sentiments expressed about my grandfather (Kenny).

    The Funeral details given in the article are accurate and we are also striving to have the service streamed. The stream can be accessed through the Divine Encounter Fellowship website: http://www.divineencounterfmi.com .

  2. Good tribute Hannibal… I had no idea that Kenny was on that ’71 team, but it explains a lot about him. Everyone who has commented on his passing seem to remark on his committement to fitness, it appears it was something for which he was legendary. I remember him from my Sixth Form days at “Gustine in the late 80s… and what I remember the most is him in training and the games, reminding the fellas… “simple… SIMPLE!”

    It’s this memory though which still makes me smile to this day: back in the day Levi’s “Street Brights” (https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0750/7145/files/b89be-Levis-Street-Brights-6.jpg?11207272862040787950) were the “in” thing (along with Halcorns, but that’s another story) and of course me and my pardnas were sporting the green jeans in violation of Downer’s uniform code. We spotted Kenny coming around the corner and took off up the stairs. All we heard behind us was Kenny’s booming voice… “yuh running in yuh Wrangler” LOL

    Good times. RIP Kenny, and Godspeed to your next journey.

  3. Hannibal Najjar

    Kenny Thomas was a person with “clean hands and a pure heart” – he was burdened only with simply intentions.. He was our fitness coach at Essex in the mid-70’s after he returned from Howard University, and I am vehement if not for him we would not have won the League and FA in ’76. And, even when I was a firm believer of fitness for myself both, mental and physical, Kenny’s work showed me that as a coach, where I had the full control of the entire team, I would make it a seriously complementary training factor. Because of those times and his quality as a person, I invited him to be an Assistant Coach during the mid and late 80’s with the U-17 and then, U-20′ National Teams. I will miss him and this will make me remember Victor “Suff” Hercules, our Essex Coach – they were truly a very good team. I hope he had gotten the size-14 football boots that I requested be given to him by a mutual friend on my behalf. Love you Kenny Thomas – see you in heaven – Hanni.