The chairman of the English Club Chelsea’s local chapter on 110th Street in New Kru Town, Monrovia Mr. Nathaniel Wrawreh has died.
He died on Sunday, November 22, after a brief illness. He was 67.
Wrawreh, known popularly as Nath, loved football and organized the Chelsea Fan Club at his residence and maintained position as its chairman. Though he did not play active football, he followed the game and was knowledgeable of the history of Liberian soccer.
Wrawreh worked for LAMCO for many years in Buchanan before developing interest and becoming a seaman, traveling to many countries, family sources said.
In discussions with youngsters, Wrawreh would explain the history of Liberian football as it was in the past, and he was good at names of players in the 1960s. He often said he saw Liberia’s legendary skipper, Wanibo Toe, and others including Jackson Weah in action. He always expressed regret over the lack of support to Liberian football and hoped something could be done.
Wrawreh followed European and other league tables around the world, and was always aware when Chelsea, his favorite team was scheduled to play.
“He never failed to watch Chelsea’s game,” the Daily Observer learned. He named his residence the House of Knowledge because he was ever willing to offer advice to the youngsters who came across him.
“It is this place that every evening older men meet to discuss issues they see necessary about the country,” an elder told the Daily Observer yesterday.
Wrawreh’s years on the sea took him to Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia and he would narrate stories during his encounters there with fond memories, family sources told the Daily Observer.
Lately, he developed interest in older friends who have been single for one reason or another. “He would say your woman kicked you that is why you are single,” another said with a laugh.
Wrawreh, followed his own tradition to announce upcoming games, and would hoist the flag of Chelsea or whenever there was a game elsewhere, he would hoist a flag of neighboring countries.
“He listened to the BBC a lot,” another friend said, “because every morning he would be the first to inform us about the latest games and even news about Africa and the world.”
His death is being felt by the community, another said. He was in charge of the nearby community well and ensured that it had proper care.
He said Wrawreh’s death came as a shock because he watched Chelsea Saturday’s (November 21) 1-0 win over Norwich City. He said after the game that night, Wrawreh had complained feeling cold and later decided to go to bed.
Wrawreh’s burial is set for Saturday. There will be a daylight parade on Friday, to be followed by wake-keeping at his residence on 110th Street. Friends agreed to contribute Ld300 each towards his burial.
He leaves to mourn his three children, Wrawreh, Jennifer and Abel and a host of other relatives and friends both in Liberia and in the United States.