Vincie sports personalities wed after four decades

Photo by Nelson A. King

BY NELSON A. KING

(Caribbeanlife) – In what was described as “A Match Made in Heaven,” popular Vincentian sports personalities Stanley “Luxie” Morris and Dr. Roxie Irish finally tied the knot Saturday after four decades of an intermittent relationship.

Morris, a St. Vincent and the Grenadines sports ambassador represented his country in soccer (football), was captain of the national soccer team, coach of the national youth soccer team, and coach and manager of Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines in New York’s Caribbean Soccer Cup and Irish, a Born-Again Christian since a youth and a former national netball star, said “I do” to each other at a very solemn and passionate ceremony at Irish’s home church, Miracle Temple Ministries, an evangelical church in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Dr. Irish, a youth minister at the church, is also president and founder of the popular United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB).

The couple first met in 1979 when Morris returned home from the United States to participate in a “Colors and White” Soccer Match during the national team camp at the Arnos Vale Playing Field, outside the Vincentian capital, Kingstown. Irish was participating in a netball game at the adjacent netball court.

In the intervening years, Morris admitted that he had “strayed” but realized that he needed to “reconsider and reconnect,” according to the wedding program.

“Although many years passed, he knew his heart belonged to Roxie,” it says. “He changed his life, rekindled the flame and, in May 2018, by God’s grace only, Stanley proposed to Roxie,” it adds. “She accepted, and they got engaged.”

“Today, here they are, man and wife, together forever in the presence of God and man,” the program continues. “And Stanley says, ‘Only God, only God, in Him alone I trust and will for the rest of my life.”