The late Jess Wabol was considered not only a good player in various sports, but also a great mentor.
“He was a great coach. The MCS Knights took the basketball championship in 1983 and he was our coach,” said Basketball Association of Northern Mariana Islands official Abner Venus, who was among those saddened by the passing of Wabol last Friday morning.
“He will be missed,” Venus added.
Jester Garcia, former member of the CNMI National Baseball Team and had a chance to play under Wabol during his Little League years, also had good words for the later coach.
“Mr. Wabol was not only a mentor to me but also a great friend,” said the Las Vegas-based Garcia.
Besides basketball and baseball coaching, Wabol also helped out in promoting the CNMI’s junior golf program in the early 2000 and while competing against up-and-comers, the CNMI Hall of Famer was very generous on giving tips to other players, according to Refaluwasch Golfers Association official Tony Rogolifoi.
The former Oleai Elementary School principal was also among the active officials of the Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association, supporting the group’s claim to the Oleai Sports Complex for better management and maintenance of its facilities.
Wabol passed away last weekend due to a lingering illness and nightly rosary is being held at his residence in Finasisu. His remains will be escorted from CHC morgue to his residence at 3pm and a rosary will follow at 7:30pm. Then on this Friday, his remains will be brought to Kristo Rai Church for public viewing, which will be held from 8am to 9:30am. Mass of Christian burial is set for 10apm, followed by interment at the Chalan Kanoa Cemetery.