BELIZE CITY, Thursday. September 14, 2022
The funeral of football, music and cultural icon, Vincent “Winty J” Johnson was held this afternoon on the outskirts of Belize City at the Coye Funeral Home at Mile 5 and 1/4 on the George Price Highway, followed by interment at Lord Ridge Cemetery.
A member of the original Messengers Combo in the 1960s, a Rasta member of the “Twelve Tribes” and a man with an undying passion for football and music, Winty J was a real person with an infectious enthusiasm and a love for his community, in especially young people. , which he has always tried to achieve through the sport of football and music. He was a loyal member of the Yabra football club/community since his last return from the United States to permanently reside in Belize, and was a fixture at every football/cultural event commemorating and celebrating past football legends, especially that of his lifelong idol, Louis “Di Mugger” Garbutt.
Born on October 10, 1948, Winty J was almost 66 years old when he took part in the veterans match (see photo above) on the occasion of the 2nd Mugger Day, promoted by another late legend Nelson “Di Roo “Robinson, the goalkeeper lying in the photo above. Two other outstanding personalities who have left us in this picture are Bert Cattouse of 1960s Brodie champions and recent fame COLA who is second in the left squat, and coach Lloyd “Panades” Flowers of legendary football champions St. Martin’s Elementary School, who is second from the left standing with his arms outstretched. Winty J is second from the right.
Once again, our sincere condolences to all his loved ones, as well as his many family members and friends in football and music. Rest in Peace, Brother Vincent “Winty J” Johnson! To Jah be the glory! Peace and love always!