He was one of the most enduring figures in all of Belizean sports - and President Emeritus of the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, Edward "Ned" Pitts passed away this morning around 2:45 in his Belize City home. He was 91.
Pitts was one of the founding members of the Belize Amateur Athletics Association, and served as President of the Olympic Association for close to four decades until 2013.
He also served as Chairman of the National Sports Council for many years. It is fair to say that from the late 60's to the early two thousand's every athlete who represented Belize at the National level knew Ned Pitts and depended on the resources he could corral for them to pursue their athletic dreams.
Pitts had been confined to a wheelchair for 11 years, and had some recent health problems including a stroke in October. His wife says that, up to the end, he had a very lucid memory, was a great story teller and remained very involved with and committed to his Methodist Church and the Olympic movement.
The tentative date for the funeral is November 9th - but that has not been finalized.