Table Tennis Fraternity Mourns Loss Of Former Champion

PR – The executive and members of the Grenada Table Tennis Association (GTTA) are  deeply saddened at the passing of former National Men’s Singles Champion and  OECS and Caribbean Table Tennis Federation competitor, Everold “Happy Birthday”  John from Gouyave, St. John. 

He passed away on Thursday December 16, 2021 at the General Hospital following a  period of sickness. The GTTA described John’s passing as a tremendous loss to the  sport of table tennis, noting that over the years he was a player, coach and a pillar of  strength in table tennis. 

He first competed as a junior in the late 70’s from Gouyave and played competitively  for more than four decades winning dozens of competitions. 

John’s collection of table tennis titles included OECS Men’s team doubles and mixed  doubles titles, and Grenada’s Anniversary of Independence and National Men’s  Singles titles. 

Paying tribute to Everold John, President of the Caribbean Table Tennis Federation,  (CRTTF) Teddy Matthew, said the news “comes as a shock that he is no longer with  us. I remember him as an exceptional chopper who once played a remarkable match  

against Cuba’s Raul Bettencourt in the Caribbean Championships. Sad to now hear of  his passing.” 

GTTA says Everold “Happy Birthday” John was one of the better players the local  game has produced in its more than 50 years of existence. 

Table Tennis players across the state of Grenada have expressed how deeply they will  miss this beloved competitor and the humor and great sportsmanship he brought to the  sport.  

The GTTA expresses deepest condolences to the family and close friends of Everold  ‘Happy Birthday” John.