Caribbean nationals across the United States and Canada mourned the loss of Keith L. Carr Sr., O. M., one of the most entrenched activists of Harford, Connecticut, who passed away on Monday, January 7, 2008, at the Newington Healthcare Center, Newington, Connecticut. He was 77.
The passing of Carr means that the cricket fraternity in Hartford lost one of its strongest advocates. A staunch supporter for the promotion, development and growth of the sport in the U. S., Carr was recognized for his efforts by being inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame in 1985.
Contending that cricket represents an integral part of West Indian culture and should be preserved in the city, through hard work and dedication, Carr was able to get some well needed improvements done to the cricket fields in Keney Park, which at one time was revered as the best cricket fields in the county.
Possessing a strong interest in youths, Carr was also instrumental in the launching of a successful youth cricket program in the city. His dedication to the program resulted in Connecticut youngsters not only getting the opportunity to showcase their cricketing skills against teams from Trinidad, Barbados, New York and New Jersey, but also help from a qualified coach out of Trinidad.
His last accomplishment for the program before his death happened in the summer of 2007 when through his help a group of young cricketers from the Holmwood Technical High School of Jamaica came to Hartford along with their well recognized coach to assist with the program. While here, the Holmwood youngsters also participated in the local competition.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Carr considered by many as one of Hartford’s and Jamaica’s “favorite sons,” was well known for his community involvement and his efforts to maintain and promote Caribbean culture.
A former Executive Director of the West Indian Foundation, Inc., he played an integral part in the production and performances in Hartford of world class Caribbean events and international performers including the National Dance Theater of Jamaica, popular comedian Oliver Samuels and the World Calypso Monarch.