Kenya Rugby fraternity is mourning the death of South Coast Pirates chairman and founder George Barbour who passed away on Wednesday October 3, 2018 after battling illness according to the official club's page.
South Coast Pirates tweeted the sad news on Wednesday afternoon saying they "are grieving the loss of our founder and chairman George Barbour who passed away in Ukunda after battling illness."
He played for Kenya in 1971 against Uganda and Tanganyika and also captained an East Africa side (Fourth Tuskers Tour) that went to Ireland in September 1971 one year after he led them against Richmond FC.
His Kenya Cup days in 1971 to 1973 saw him play for Kitale and Kituri- a combination of Nakuru and Kitale. He featured as a second row, number 8 and centre.
Barbour founded the Kwale County based South Coast Pirates as well as Coast premier tournament Diani Touch Rugby, now in it's 10th year, that has attracted international teams in recent times.
"George has been an inspiration to the management, official and players of the Club. He gave 100% of his energy and passion to get us where we are now. Without him there would have been no Club. It’s been an amazing journey working together and he will be sadly missed"
"May George's soul rest in perfect peace. Lala salama Chairman."
Kenya Rugby Union has sent their condolences following Barbour's demise; "we join the Pirates in mourning the demise of their Chairman, Mr. George Barbour, who passed on this morning. He was the founder of the Club and has been behind the success that is Diani Beach Rugby Tournament. May his soul Rest in Peace."