By Nelson A. King
Vincentians in the United
States Diaspora have expressed
shock over the sudden passing
of Gailene Windsor, a Vincentian
sports ambassador, and
former community activist and
radio personality in Brooklyn.
Windsor, who lived in Brooklyn
for a number of years before
returning to her native St. Vincent
and the Grenadines permanently
about two years ago,
was reportedly found dead in
her home last Thursday. She
reportedly was in her mid-60s.
In exclusive interviews
with Caribbean Life nationals
expressed consternation over
her sudden death.
Sports Ambassador Stella
Boyea-Ashy, who captained the
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
National Netball Team in the
1970s and early ‘80’s, when
Windsor was also a player,
said “words cannot adequately
express my feelings on the
passing of our beloved sports
and cultural ambassador, Ms.
Gailene Patricia Windsor.
“And I am sure that all the
other organizations she was
blessed to be a part of are also
struggling to process this loss,”
added Boyea-Ashy, a Brooklyn
resident, who had worked with
Windsor at the St. Vincent
and the Grenadines Electricity
Company, otherwise known by
the acronym VINLEC, before
they migrated to New York.
“I am saddened,” added
Boyea-Ashby, who knew Windsor
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for “a very long time.”
“Gailene was SVG (St. Vincent
and the Grenadines) royalty –
so said her last name.”
Boyea-Ashy, who last saw
Windsor last summer while she
was home, at the opening of
the 2019 Constituency Netball
Tournament, said Windsor was
a “gladiator” netballer, with a
“fierce” defense and “shooting
She said Windsor possessed
“an infectious laugh and smile,”
adding that, while Windsor was
shy, she was also an “audacious
and loving individual.”
“We had many a good time
with the game (netball),”
Another sports ambassador,
Stanley “Luxie” Morris, a
former national football (soccer)
captain and former manager
of Team SVG in the Brooklyn
based Caribbean Soccer
Cup, who resides in Connecticut,
said news of Windsor’s
sudden death “really shook me
ver the years, Morris said
he and Windsor developed a
and that they were “intentional
and deliberate in having each
other’s back, irrespective of the
Morris, who was the president
of the Brooklyn-based
Hairoun Sports Club, said
Windsor represented the club
in netball as player/manager,
and that they also collaborated
on several initiatives not limited
“Gailene was a consummate
professional in her job, as well
as in her associations with
many NYC (New York City) officials
Sports Ambassadors Gailene Windsor and Stanley “Luxie”
Morris at a VincyCares gala in Brooklyn. Stanley “Luxie” Morris
and in the field of sports,”
he said. “I often referred to
her as ‘the SVG Hillary Clinton’
(former US Secretary of
State and Presidential candidate),
because of her ability to
get things done and unlock
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