Selfless in nature, honest, passionate, loving and dedicated to the betterment of people and his country, are how Wendell Johanne Labastide, the former T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) vice president and assistant secretary-general was described at his funeral service at Allen Funeral Home in Sangre Grande, Friday afternoon.
The legacy he left in the various sporting circles was expressed by many, inclusive of former president of TTOC Brian Lewis, Navin Gayapersad, vice president of the T&T Badminton Association, the Shuttleforce pair of Derwin and Nancy Renales who, with Labastide’s help, was able to impact the lives of many in the Valencia/Sangre Grande and surrounding areas in the sport of badminton.
His sister Beverly Labastide eulogised him as an intelligent person with a remarkable ability to retain information, saying because of this, he read the law books of T&T and became an excellent bush lawyer who blurted out advice as if he were a true lawyer.
Outside of that, however, Beverly described her brother as respectable, mannerly, decent and remained humble in spite of whom he rubbed shoulders with.
Author: Walter Alibey