Grange sad at Den Den’s passing

Kingston, 1 June 2022 - The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has said she is deeply saddened by the passing of outstanding footballer, Dennis ‘Den Den’ Hutchinson, who represented Jamaica after playing for Tivoli Gardens High School, Clarendon College and Boys Town Football Club.

Mr Hutchinson, 63, died at the Kingston Public Hospital early this morning. He had a leg amputated recently.

Minister Grange said:

“Den Den Hutchinson was a product of West Kingston and was loved for his efforts to uplift the community which he still called home.

As a schoolboy footballer, he became famous for winning the Manning and DaCosta Cups in back-to-back years. The Manning Cup with Tivoli Gardens High in 1976, and the DaCosta Cup with the Clarendon College team of 1977 that dominated local schoolboy football.

His contribution to the ‘beautiful game’ will long be remembered.

But we remember Den Den not only for his prowess on the football field but for the wonderful job that he did as a basketball coach for the Tivoli Gardens team, winning five straight titles.

It is said of Den Den by his friend and former team mate, Lenworth Hyde, that among everything else, ‘he was a humanitarian and joyful person.’ I agree.

And so my heart is heavy as I express condolences to the family of Dennis ‘Den Den’ Hutchinson and to his friends and associates.

Rest in peace, Den Den”.


Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange


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