The GBSS Alumni Association of New York expresses sadness on the passing of one of the school’s legendary footballer and coach, Kellon Baptiste. Baptiste, 38, died in St George’s last Thursday after a battle with cancer.
The former national goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach served Grenada at all levels of the game including Under-17, Under-20, Under-23 and Senior teams. Baptiste had to withdraw as goalkeeper coach only days before the national team departed for the United States to participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament in the United States last year.
Baptiste, who also assisted as a coach for his alma mater in the Premier League of the Grenada Football Association (GFA), made his national debut in 1991 and made his last appearance against the United States in the FIFA World Cup Preliminaries in June 2004 in St George’s.
He had a short stint with the St Louis Steamers in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the 2004-2005 season.
Earlier this year the GFA used an international friendly against Guyana as a benefit game to assist his family with the medical bills. Current national coach and former schoolmate and player Anthony “Nixon” Modeste described the death of Kellon as a shock to the footballing community. “He fought a good battle but didn’t pull through,” said Modeste.
The GBSS Alumni Association in New York wishes to convey condolences to the family and friends of Kellon Baptiste. May His Soul Rest In Peace!