February 9 funeral for Walt Crooks

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James-The body of prominent Montego Bay entertainment figure Walt Crooks, will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 9.

The thanksgiving service will be held the Montego Bay Convention Centre and followed by interment at the Mount Zion Church cemetery in St James.

Crooks, a prominent figure in the entertainment scene of the second city died on Saturday, January 5 at age 69. No official cause of death has been announced, however, a Jamaica Observer source close to Crooks revealed that he died after suffering a stroke.

Crooks owned the Disco Inferno club in the Coral Gardens area of Montego Bay. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was one of Jamaica's hippest venues, with several high-profiled acts performing there. He was also a founder of Reggae Sumfest, the annual festival that launched in Montego Bay in 1993.

Crooks was synonymous with Disco Inferno, which was the go-to spot for the trendy in Montego Bay. Top acts like The O'Jays, Chaka Khan, Billy Paul, Fats Domino and Dionne Warwick performed there.

The Trelawny-born Crooks was also closely associated with his alma mater, Cornwall College. It was there that he earned the nickname Congo, for his fierce tackling as a footballer.

The Cornwall College Old Boys Association (CCOBA) will be assisting with the funeral arrangements the Observer has learnt.

— Horace Hines

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