The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has said that with the recent passing of Rudolph ‘Ruddy’ Schaffe, “a pioneer in the internationalising of the sport of Dominoes has left us”.
“I was hit with a deep sense of regret and loss upon hearing that Ruddy Schaffe had died suddenly in his adopted home of Florida in the United States. Many will recall that it was this Jamaican who conceptualised and organised The Air Jamaica World Championship of Dominoes,” Minister Grange said.
The yearly tournament was held in Jamaica between 1999 and 2006 with players entering from Jamaica, the Jamaican diaspora, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Miss Grange said Mr. Schaffe’s love for the sport of Dominoes led him to accept the position of Vice President of the World Federation, a role in which he organised domino tournaments in Europe, Latin America and the US.
Minister Grange said: “He was also instrumental in a visit of the President of the Federation to Jamaica and I recall several meetings with him as he kept me up to date on developments in world Dominoes. My condolences to his widow, Joy, his three children, his colleagues in the sport and all of his friends and associates.”
Ruddy Schaffe, who died on May 18 at the age of 68, was a native of St. Ann who attended York Castle High School and the University of the West Indies.