Tom Lafond passes on

Dominica News Online has received information that cricket commentator and former national cricketer, Tom Lafond, has died.

Reports indicate that he died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday.

Lafond was former manager of the Windward’s and Combined Islands Cricket team.

He was also a member of the Dominica Cricket Association.

He is the father of well-known Barbados based Dr. Geoffrey Lafond.

DNO will provide more information as it becomes available.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 25, 2013

    on the behalf of me and my family we say condolences to doctor geoffrey lafond family ,may the good lord be with you all in the time of grief.

    claudette miller -skinner

  2. Anonymous
    January 25, 2013

    on the behalf of me and my family we say condolences to doctor geoffrey land family ,may the good lord be with you all in the time of grief.

    claudette miller -skinner

  3. wello
    December 21, 2012

    rest in peace, last time i tlk to you was in december 2011. this is a real condolences to his entire family. be strong love ull.

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2012

      Rest in peace my friend Tom, and to members
      of his family please accept my sympathies. I
      was shocked to hear such sad news.I played
      cricket for Somerset; but missed the glory days
      of cricket in Dominica since I traveled at a young
      age. My most memorable time with Tom was at the
      San Juan airport where we got stuck on our way
      to Dominica from the US because of volcanic ash
      in the air over Dominica. Many of us had to
      share hotel rooms in San Juan, and I shared a
      room with Tom (double bed,just a laugh)He was
      a people person, I felt like we were friends
      for a long time, since then we have seen each
      other yearly.I had the pleasure of meeting him
      for the last time in Florida at Tony’s Carnival
      party like we did for many years; but this time
      he had pains, and came up to see a Doctor we went on to talk about his brother who was in the
      hospital,and subsequently died. I also missed
      him,and Dense at Coke’s yearly carnival after party this year, since they are usually the life of the party. Tom brought a joy to life, and
      living which was infectious,there was not a
      negative word said,very plesant to people
      he came in contact with. If there is one legacy
      he has left is that of brotherly love.I think
      the young people that are growing up in
      Dominica surely need to learn these aspects of
      his life, and I do think that Dominica will
      be better for it.
      With deepest sympathy
      Jethro Vidal

  4. One Love
    December 19, 2012

    Mr. Lafond had 12 kids people- Geoffery, Cee-Ann, Steve, Glenda, Kevin, Gregory, ,Tamara, Shaunelle, Sherwyn, Anderson (Craig), Kessler, Michelle, and a stepson Lucel.

  5. Condolences
    December 19, 2012

    Wow what a loss! To the Lafond family and in particular Mrs. Jennifer Lafond, sincere condolences to you. Be strong and keep on trusting in God!

  6. kervin Daniel
    December 19, 2012

    Tom Lafond…..where do I begin. There is too much to say. It would be remiss (one of his favorite words) of me not to say a few here. Adjectives to describe would require an android or Google app to assist in continuing the description of Tom, the person and his aura. Those of us who were privileged to know him personally have felt a tremendous loss. Thomas was man of simple frank words and strong conviction who had an unwavering faith in God. Also, he was and had the ability to be the ultimate prankster. It was a joy to be in his company. His aura affected everyone he came into contact with. For example, one time several years ago after an afternoon Cavalier cricket practice in Macouherie en- route to Roseau, I said to him “Do you know you are a politician”. He asked why and I said I have never been with you anywhere and you have not been waving, smiling and greeting someone. This phenomenon happened after every practice, after every cricket march or even when just liming, from Portsmouth to Scotts Head and La Plain to Marigot. And people always reciprocated with gusto. Sometimes as we passed someone would shout, Lafond or Tom, and he would say “ Who is dat again noh” or “ That voice sound like my partner so and so…..! Everyone he met was his partner or his girl or boy. You always felt important.
    Sometimes, we ascribe contributions to our lives in monetary terms but in his case his contributions were more than gold. They have and will transcend time. He was a good listener and had an intuitive answer for most problems and would always engage in discuss. Additionally, he would always have a strategy to solve a problem and would seek to bring out the best in you. For example, in 1998, we were on a cricket tour in St Maarten and Tom was the captain. We were struggling because our opening bowlers were being hammered by the opposition. I was brought in to bowl and I too was hammered in my first over. After that over, Tom came to me and said “Boss, what you trying, you know you responsible for the rest of your eight overs”. To that, I replied that I was not gripping on the matting (mat which is used a cricket strip) because I was not wearing my bowling boots (bowling spikes destroys the matting). Hence, when the water break came I proceeded to the locker room and changed into my bowling spikes. That weekend I returned maybe my by best bowling figures ever of 11 for 46 (approx.). This example exemplifies his inner need to make everyone around him better.
    Tom affected my life personally and as such this is debt I cannot repay to him but can only pay it forward. Tom, to you I say ”My Partner…..the void in my heart is huge today but I have found solace in knowing you have gone to be better place……never to hurt again…..and as you would say” Garcon, let’s have a drink on that”.
    To Jen, my prayers are with you.
    “Unto us Christ the Son was born to take us from darkness through eternal light, through Him may we find eternal salvation”
    Kervin Daniel

  7. Twain
    December 19, 2012

    My condoloences to Jennifer, Hang in there girl.
    I was so happy to read for the first time such possitive words said about our fellow friend he was a well liked person.
    And by the way I thought that Slappy had a wife by the name of Irene who lived a few doors away who was also friend is she still around?
    Love you Tom RIP

  8. weh weh weh
    December 19, 2012

    ok Paps… really gonna Miss you… you looked so much forward to walking me down that aisle….i know u will be there in spirit. love you paps…

    • tessa
      December 19, 2012

      well my girl sorry for the loss of ur pops..u will have to start looking for another pops eh

    • yes i
      December 19, 2012

      well (weh weh weh) you not easy… lol look are too funny

    • tessa
      December 19, 2012

      well sorry for the loss of your paps my girl, you will have to start tooking for another paps eh lol

  9. December 19, 2012

    Please disregard the above comments.

  10. screw peg
    December 19, 2012

    Rest in peace my bro,God saw you were not fit to be in this corrupt world,so he took mu away,bye my friend,my pal,my bro

  11. BIG BIRD
    December 19, 2012

    My condolences to the Lafond family. What a shocker! You have touched everyone who had the opportunity to know you with your charming personality. I will never forget our days on and off the cricket field. Dominica and the caribbean have lost an icon. R.I.P..

  12. Hon. Hector John
    December 19, 2012

    Sincere Condolences to Mrs Jennifer Wallace-Lafond, Dr Geoffrey Lafond, Cavaliers Cricket Club and the other family members and friends of the Late Tom Lafond.

    I first met Mr Lafond when I started playing cricket for Cavaliers Cricket Club as teenager. He was a very respectful, jovial and friendly gentleman. He and the other members of the Cavaliers family helped to instill ethical values in me, on and off the cricket field. In 2011, I interviewed Mr Lafond while writing a cricket article on Eusfield John for the Salisbury Reunion Magazine and He had a wealth of knowledge on the game of cricket at every level. The Dominican Cricket Family has loss a great son.

    Farewell Tom, Farewell..

  13. Ed Rav
    December 19, 2012

    you always treated me like the son you never had, always advised me and was a good listener. When you and my teacher,mother and good friend got together i was very happpy. you both are very good people who serious impacted the lives of so so so many dominicans. RIP Tommy boy as i normally called you…

    Mum be strong… love you always

  14. Connie Toulon
    December 19, 2012

    My condolenses to the entire family. This came as a shock.Rest in peace.

  15. Teddy
    December 19, 2012

    My Condolenses goes out to the entire family during the process of grieving,may god protect you with comfort.

  16. Pam
    December 19, 2012

    May Tom Rest in Peace…a true gentleman and friend. My Condolences to his wife (Ms. Wallace), his kids and the entire family. The grace of God will see you through.

  17. VITAL. From Boetica
    December 19, 2012

    Tom was a perfect example of a complete gifted human being.When he steps in,everyone gets healed. Isn’t that something? This is one of the gifts the good lord had bestowed upon him and it was very visible in all aspects.
    The lord shall secure his people in so many different ways; and Tom, you are not dead.
    The lord has used you to heal the world.

  18. Destiny
    December 19, 2012

    My prayers are with you C Ann – May you be strong at this time. Also to Tammy – i remembered you in at Convent

  19. Gregory
    December 19, 2012

    I am in total shock. I know Tom from childhood and whenever I ran into him, he always looked in such fine form. Condolences to my cousin Geoffrey and the rest of the family.

  20. mr p
    December 19, 2012

    to the entire family deepest sympathy to u .just want u to know that while u walk in the shadow of death that lord is with u all.and he will never for sake u all

  21. Vincent M John
    December 19, 2012

    Dominica has lost a popular son. Sincere condolences to the Lafond family, friends, colleagues and cricket lovers. RIP Sir, you have gone home; may your contribution to the Nature Island be recognised and preserved. VMJ

    • December 19, 2012

      Respect john looking forward to the sewo jan friday,don’t drink,but will have one for my uncle

  22. Mango-Bab
    December 19, 2012

    My condloences go out to the family, friends and cricket associates of Mr Lafond. A member of his Club who I know very well was almost on the verge of tears on Tuesday afternoon.
    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh/

  23. My Friend
    December 19, 2012


  24. December 18, 2012

    This is truly sad news. Jennifer and the rest of the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Reflection
    December 18, 2012

    Condolences to his family and friends: May God comfort you all during this time.

  26. Lougaoo Mem
    December 18, 2012

    Rest in peace!

  27. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012


    Tom was an all round good guy and a well know. He will me miss. Heartfelt sympathy to his wife, family and all his children :( May his soul rest in peace

  28. class of 1992
    December 18, 2012

    condolences to mrs lafond on the passing of her husband, may you find strength in the Lord, please don’t feel like He has failed you because He has not. The good book says in times of difficulties I carried you that’s why there was only one ste of footprints in the sand

  29. Jbfox
    December 18, 2012

    My heart felt condolences to his family he was a real gentleman,I play cricket with him in the V I and back home.A real down to earth person may his soul rest in peace.

  30. jokester
    December 18, 2012

    tom totototo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like de advertisement……r.i.p tom

  31. tD20
    December 18, 2012

    So Sorry, Ms Wallace!! Please know we will be strong for you

  32. Masterpiece
    December 18, 2012

    R.I.P Tom you’ll be surely missed

  33. "O" STRESS"
    December 18, 2012

    R.I.P. Condolences to his entire family,A gentle giant has pass on. He was a humble servant in several ways always stood up for the poor and under previlage. God knows best so lets celebrate his life.

  34. Rock
    December 18, 2012

    Rest in peace mr lafond you was a great motivator to me ill always be grateful my deepest sympathy goes out to his wife what a wonderful family.

    December 18, 2012

    Deepest condolences to the family of a true legend. In Tom’s memory, all cricket lovers in the sub-region will continue to keep his dreams for the development of cricket alive, ensuring that more local talent makes it to the international level and that insularity and prejudice that once dominated West Indies cricket shall never again be allowed to creep back into WI selection policy. This was Tom’s last cry on behalf of Shane.

    RIP. R.I.P
    Roseau valley

  36. New York
    December 18, 2012

    I am so sad. This was my very good friend. Tom i will truly miss you. Never realized the last time I saw you in Dominica was the last. You were truly a good person. May you rest in perfect peace.

  37. friend
    December 18, 2012

    My deepest condolences to his family especially Andy and Tammy

  38. BogoRoy
    December 18, 2012

    Tom Lafond was a friend of mine.Tom could not call me BogoRoy like many other Dominicans,as far as he was concerned, my name was De Bird.When ever Tom would meet me he would always remind me of the famous goal I saved during a football match between Saints and Spartans, the team he played for. He once said to me,Bird, when I short that ball, I had absolutely no doubt it was a goal.It was like Nobert Phillip bowling a ball outside the off stamps,the batsman edged the ball to third slips and the wicketkeeper taking the catch.I will miss you my friend.May God have mercy on your soul.

  39. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Great man of character and principal ! He will be missed.

  40. Scracks
    December 18, 2012

    My heart hurts on hearing on your passing Mr. La Fond. A friend I knew from my days at Auto Trade many years ago. We would always have a chat and catch up whenever I visit home. May you find eternal rest in the arms of the Almighty. My condolences goes out to your family and friends in this difficult times. May they be strong in the Lord and May his abundant strength comfort them always. Sleep tight my brother. Rest in Peace. Brad

  41. Just Saying
    December 18, 2012

    May he rest in peace my condolences to his family and friend. It appears that December is the time for cricketers passing if I recall correctly it is almost 3 years to the day of Grayson Shillingford’s passing… LaFond you are in great company.

  42. 95 north
    December 18, 2012

    It was a blessing interacting with you Tom,on Lindo park,with stevedore company, tropical shippings and up to this day.
    This is one GOOD MAN that pass To-day.May His Soul Rest In Peace.My Condolences go out to his Wife and Family.

  43. Carew & Family
    December 18, 2012

    Our Sincerest sympathy to Jennifer and her family, Tom was a very nice pleasant friendly guy.
    RIP Tom

  44. Alphonse st-jean
    December 18, 2012

    deapest condolences from pepsi and family to the Lafond and toxi family Tom will be miss by all in st croix. rest in peace.

  45. Alphonse st-jean
    December 18, 2012

    Rest in peace brother your mum was my nene and we played dominoes and criket together,we in stcroix will miss you dearly.once again rest in peace.

  46. Distured
    December 18, 2012

    2012 has claimed yet another… R.I.P Tom. Condolences to the family and frenz.

  47. A Voice
    December 18, 2012

    Condolences, may his soul RIP.

  48. December 18, 2012

    Tom ,rest in peace .Cee Ann my friend ,hold on tight .All is not lost .I know you loved your dad.To his wife and other children I say accept my sympathy ,God will take care of all of you .

  49. ????????????????????
    December 18, 2012

    Condolescences to Mrs Lafond and Family. God will keep you in his gentle arms lean there. To all his children accept my sincerest condolescences and as I told Mrs Lafond .. Lean on the Everlasting arms. Strength will come from above.

  50. Rest In Peace
    December 18, 2012

    If this is the gentleman at Tropical Shipping then I am very sorry to hear this sad news. Rest In Peace my friend. You were a great cricket enthusiast and i remembered you in St. Croix, USVi in the 80s/90s with the Dominica Association there…May your family have much strength at this time of bereavement… :( :( :(

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  52. Dvt
    December 18, 2012

    Uncle Tom was a great man. The epitome of a gentle man and he will be truly missed.

  53. jackson
    December 18, 2012

    Tom was a champion,will miss u old chap

  54. Affection8
    December 18, 2012

    May the God of all comfort his family. So sad to hear.

    December 18, 2012


  56. Prevost Family in NY
    December 18, 2012

    Our Condolances to Jennifer,Goffery & Shonnel La Fond and the other members of the La Fond family during this difficult time. May you find strength & courage.RIP TOM

  57. Tee
    December 18, 2012

    RIP Mr. LaFond. My condolences to Jennifer, your wonderful kids and the rest of the family.

  58. Claire Etienne
    December 18, 2012

    Jennifer condolences to you all the kids. Tom was like a big brother to me. Always at home with Dense and the cavaliers. I am deeply saddened by his passing. I cried at the news. Herrie and I are praying for you and Tom’s soul. May he rest in Peace.

    • Grammar police
      December 18, 2012

      I feel your pain Claire, I limed with Clem John, Evans John, Dense and the rest of the crew..he had a love for life,enjoyed his Carnival…he was loved and will be missed. May he rest in peace. May God give his family strength, especially his wife, my friend, Jennifer. Chabay fort…you are in our prayers.

  59. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    condolences to the family i would like my former principal to be strong From class of 1989 St Joseph Secondary

  60. grandma
    December 18, 2012

    My condolences go to his wife, children, friends like Dense, Erica Gerald, Slappie , in fact the members of the Cavaliers club also his cousinsToxi and his wife, Tim and others. And the many lady friends he had. I must say that Tom was an o.k. dude.

  61. Shameless
    December 18, 2012

    Sincere condolences to the family and friends especially Dr.Jeoffry Lafond -Former classmate and cricket team member at SMA (Smartest Men Around). Tom was and will remain one of the greatest Dcans ever know. May his soul RIP.
    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  62. sad
    December 18, 2012

    Tom lafonde isindeed one of the best manager a good person as well he will surely be missed by many of who knew him R.I.P mr lafonde.

  63. Mattahn J. Walter
    December 18, 2012

    Rest in Peace Mr Lafond from me and by extention the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs, Trade Division, it was a pleasure sitting with you on the National Trade Facilitation Task Force (NTFTF), your contributions were always reasoned and well thought through. May your soul and that of the faithfully departed rest in peace!! To my friend and comrade Mr. Geof Lafond… be strong in this time; I pray that you find strength in the knowledge that he is in a better painless and more peaceful place… To his gracious wife Mrs. Lafong I wish you God’s comfort in this time of grief.

  64. Family Friend
    December 18, 2012

    I am very sadden to hear about Tom. Our condolences to the family. He was a wonderful person and longtime friend.

  65. A STAR player
    December 18, 2012

    Rest in peace my dear friend. I will miss you dearly especially the next time I come home.

  66. Proud Domnije
    December 18, 2012

    RIP…Mr Lafond u will be greatly missed particularly by the cricket and domino fraternity :( …Geoffrey accept my deepest sympathies.. :cry:

  67. interested
    December 18, 2012

    Sincere condolences to the Family of Tom Lafond. Indeed he was a great guy and friend and will surely be missed.From The Management and Staff of The Sign Man

  68. Rule
    December 18, 2012

    RIP La fond. I had a great time with you in Laplaine during the Goat festival. What a shocker!!

  69. Creative
    December 18, 2012

    RIP Tom. My sincere condolensces to Jennifer and the rest of the family, especially Geoffrey(my former #1 student–Prep). My sympathies also to the cricketing, broadcasting and domino communities.

  70. sorry
    December 18, 2012

    my deepest and sincerest condolences to the familly of this very fine gentleman. may you find solace in your time of bereavement. i am deeply saddened.

    December 18, 2012

    RIP tom, thanks for being a friend. Remember the tough matches we played against Swansea. We will miss you dearly. May your wife and kids find strength in thius time of grief

  72. saddened
    December 18, 2012

    Souse, please accept my sympathy. N.O.T.T.Y.

    • lightbulb
      December 18, 2012

      yeah souse accept my sympathies

    • Pun
      December 19, 2012

      well souse you know we here for yuh bro. real sad to hear this man… we go miss him.

  73. james calme
    December 18, 2012

    Condolences to the family, friends and associates of a legend, unsound hero and national Icon of Dominica and west Indies Cricket. I was blessed to have been managed by this man and I am sure many young men would say the same. “he advised like he was your dad”. He managed the 1988 secendary schools cricket team at the Windward Islands Sec. School tournament held in St. Lucia and he never forgot me. He was gentle but firm. RIP Manage.

    • all eyes
      December 18, 2012


  74. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    i got to know this man for the about ten years. he is a gentle and a catholic at heart. he humble and respectful. loved his DOMMINOES, just a me. Swansea Domino Club will miss. RIP, TOM, we will miss you dearly. May your wife and kids find strength in this time of sorrow.

  75. cohenval
    December 18, 2012

    Condolences to Jennifer. Did they have any children? My condolences to them too.

  76. Curt Pierre
    December 18, 2012

    RIP Tom, and my deepest sympathy to Mrs Lafond and Dr. Lafond.

  77. diamond girl
    December 18, 2012

    de man body still in icu and that reach on dno already? where is the privacy?

    • likeit
      December 18, 2012


    • very true
      December 18, 2012

      My dear diamond girl, have you forgotten that a parrot adorns our flag? :mrgreen:

    • Formula 1
      December 18, 2012

      kudos to DNO

  78. Regina & family
    December 18, 2012

    May the good Lord lead you to Paradise, friend and confidante.

  79. cjb
    December 18, 2012

    My sympathies to his immediate family, I being a distant relative as well. This is a sad time; May the good Lord give them strength at this time of bereavement.

  80. Regina & family
    December 18, 2012

    Jenno and Geoffrey, my family mourns the loss of a friend and confidante. May the ANGELS lead him to PARADISE.

  81. Jessica
    December 18, 2012

    WOW! That is sad news… You will be missed… Condolences to his loved ones here and abroad especially Antigua

  82. sexy j
    December 18, 2012

    RIP Mr lafond and Craig and geffeory you are in my prayers

  83. lexie
    December 18, 2012

    R.I.P my friend, still cant believe it… God knows best, spoke to you only yesterday. your memory will live on

  84. Piper
    December 18, 2012

    Jennifer, my condolences on the passing of your husband.

    Tom, RIP partner.

  85. elsie
    December 18, 2012

    Lord i will miss him.

  86. LaMar 7284
    December 18, 2012

    R.I.P. Tom. My Condolences to your family.

  87. Say what?
    December 18, 2012

    My fiend may ur soul rest in perfect peace, Dominica has lost a great man.
    you will surely be missed

  88. Real Dominican
    December 18, 2012

    My deepest sympathies goes out to Jennifer and the rest of his family. He was truly a great man of the soil

  89. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    May his soul rest in peace.. Condolences to his family and friends..

  90. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    May his soul rest in peace. This is a sad day for the Goodwill community.

  91. pingo
    December 18, 2012

    a gentleman in every way. R.I.P Tom..

  92. Zor
    December 18, 2012


  93. Sad
    December 18, 2012

    Our sympathies go out to Ma Lafond…hold on tight…you did your best.

  94. Friend
    December 18, 2012

    Rest in peace Mr.Lafond. :( Your best friends will truely miss you. May the souls of the faithful deprted through the mercy of God rest in peace

  95. Worried
    December 18, 2012

    my deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends and not forgetting the Windward and Combined Islands Cricket Team

  96. Hmmmmmmmm
    December 18, 2012

    R.I.P Mr Lafond,my condolence goes out the Lafond family and to the staff of Tropical Shipping.

  97. Ruth
    December 18, 2012

    Sad News. May you RIP Mr. Lafond. Condolences to your family and close friends.

  98. warma
    December 18, 2012

    RIP my brother

  99. unknown
    December 18, 2012

    so sad, may his soul rest in peace

  100. R.I.P
    December 18, 2012


  101. Dreamer
    December 18, 2012

    May Your soul rest in Peace

  102. BOMBER
    December 18, 2012


  103. hmm
    December 18, 2012

    man may your soul reat in peace

  104. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012

    Tom was an all round good guy. Heartfelt sympathy to his wife and family. May his soul rest in peace

  105. Sad death
    December 18, 2012

    R.I.P Mr. Lafond and may Mrs. Lafond and son find strength and peace from those they may come in contact with. This is very hard. To those who are affiliated in one way or another be it through cricket, stadium board, tropical shipping or whatever keep strong.

  106. justice
    December 18, 2012

    R.I.P Tom.

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  108. lovely
    December 18, 2012

    rest in peace :(

  109. A Friend
    December 18, 2012

    RIP Tom…You were a wonderful person and I will always remember your hearty laugh over a Windies cricket match…you lived a good life…To Ma Lafond, Jeffery and the rest of the family I pray the Lord will give you the strength you need at this trying time….

  110. Serving the Public!!
    December 18, 2012

    My condolences to his entire family, Such a nice man. I never knew he was ill. Quite Shocked. May his soul rest in peace.

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