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28 Feb 2014

I regret to announce the following:
Lyn Veronica Browne Stone, died on the 25th Feb,2014 in London England
Aculus A Farrell died 17th Feb 2014 in Brooklyn NY.
Lady Clara Veira died  30 September 2013 at her residence in Kingstown Park - St.Vincent

I regret to announce the Passing of my husband Bertram (Budd) Romeo who was called
home to rest on 01/06/14. The service was held at the Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church
on 1/17/14 and he was laid to rest at Canarsie Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York on 01/18/14.
Thanks Molly & family.

Clement Noel of Fountain died at the Milton Cato Hospital on February 10, 2014.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.
You may contact the family at 784-458-4681.

It is with sadness I report the following:
1. (not related to the storm) the recent deaths of Errie Agard and Marcelle Alves Neverson
2. very bad weather in St.Vincent on Dec 24-25 caused  loss of life
and extensive  damage.  My sympathies go out to family members and friends.

MRS MARCELLE ERLINE NEVERSON nee ALVES of Villa died on Saturday 28th December at the age of 68. 
The funeral takes place on Friday 3rd January at the St George’s Cathedral, Kingstown. 
The service begins at 2:00.  Burial will be at the Church Yard.

I have created a new storm page -

Please click here

Storm related: Toronto Association e-mails and from Joel Toney

25 Oct 2013
Dear Friends:

As you know, my beloved wife Sylvanie of 41 years, passed into immortality on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
The family would like to thank everyone who has sympathized with us during this time of sorrow.  The following are some additional details. We apologize if you receive this message more than once.

Artie Phills

I regret to announce the passing of Austin Davy.

Also, Irene  Agatha  Williams (93) 25th June, 2013 in STV.  She was the wife of the late Francis( Frank )Williams, mother of Jeanette Williams Cadet, Basil, Ruth, Francis, Garth, Woodrow, Ronald, and Javed. My sympathies to the family and friends.

I offer my belated sympathies to the family and friends of Dr Richard John
(See link for his Obituary)and 
Desmond Punnett who passed away peacefully on May 3rd 2013 in Toronto.
Desmond was 90.

There were thousands of Vincentians and friends who celebrated a great picnic in 1000 islands on July 20th 2013.
Here is a link to a montreal community Contact article.

Air Canada: if you have not seen an Agent 45 minutes before the flight departure (even if you are in the line), their computers close and you must pay an additional 250$ to get on your flight.

Airmiles: so you have been collecting those airmiles and now you want to use them to get a free flight:
a)  One of your travel points must be in Canada (New Jersey to Miami would not qualify)
b) It is not free - you must pay the taxes and fees which could easily be over $230 per ticket.

Youtube video of St.Vincent and the Grenadines

29 April 2013
I regret to announce the passing of professor Richard Iton in Chicago who is the son of retired McGill professor John Iton who is a Vincentian currently residing in Toronto. He was 51 and had been battling leukemia for quite a while. He passed on April 21st 2013. I convey my sympathies  to the family, friends and especially his cousin Lennox Iton who also resides in Chicago. For more info here is a link: Click here

24 Feb 2013
It is with deep regret and sorrow that we announce the passing of McVain ("Mac") Ollivierre who departed this life on February 21, 2013 at the Montreal General Hospital.  McVain will be forever cherished by his loving wife Gloria Ollivierre (née Thompson), children Tammy and  Mike, grand children,  his mother Mary Ollivierre, living in Bequia, 7 brothers, 2 sisters and members  of his extended family including in-laws.
Before migrating to Canada, McVain graduated from Emanuel High School and worked at the General Post Office. He later became the first Fisheries Officer in SVG. You can find a tribute here

In Canada, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Geography, from Concordia University, formerly Sir George Williams University and worked in the Maritime shipping industry for many years.
McVain will be fondly remembered by members of:- the SVGAM, Vincentians in Ottawa, Toronto and New York and by members of the  Caribbean and Canadian communities.
A Bequia man at Heart, he leaves a great legacy of hard work, dedication to his family, enterpreneurship, community involvement and excellent supporter of the SVGAM.
McVain will be laid out for viewing at the COLLINS CLARKE MACGILLIVRAY  WHITE Funeral Home located at 5610 Sherbrook St. West, on Thursday February 28, 2013 from 5.00 to 9.00 pm and the funeral service
will take place on Friday, March 01, 2013 at 10.00 am at the Union United Church currently at 6870 Terrebonne Str., NDG, Montreal, Quebec Canada.
The Executive and Members of the St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Montreal extend condolences to his wife; Gloria, his children and other members of his extended family. We pray that God would bless them.
God Bless

Jack Dear
President - SVGAM

19 Feb 2013

I regret to inform you that Norma I Keizer passed away peacefully today at 2:30 am at her home in New Montrose St.Vincent.
I extend my sympathies to all of her family.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Launches Liming Appreciation Society
32-isle Nation Unleashes the Leisure Spirit - Click here

Obit for Frank Rojas

Frank Rojas, noted Caribbean broadcaster, journalist and cultural pioneer, died from pneumonia in Randallstown, MD on Friday, January 18, 2013. He was 90 years-old.

He leaves to mourn a son, Don Rojas and daughter-in-law Karen, two daughters, Erica Biscombe Burnett and Colleen Ballard and their husbands, sister Jocelyn Masson, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a host of family and friends in the Caribbean, the USA, Canada and Australia.

He was born in St.Vincent & the Grenadines of Trinidadian parents and spent his youth in both countries. He served in a British army unit based in Trinidad & Tobago during World War 2 and in 1949 married his late wife Marie Gillezeau of St. Vincent.

He served for many years as a civil servant in St. Vincent, Grenada and St. Lucia. He was trained in radio broadcasting by the BBC and also worked as a Caribbean correspondent for the Reuters News Service in the 1960s.

Frank achieved a distinguished career as a radio producer and general manager of radio stations in various Caribbean countries.  He authored and produced a number of audio documentaries and radio dramas, most notably, the award-winning series “Akita, the Slave”, which traced the life of a young African boy who survived the Middle Passage, grew up on a sugar plantation in the Caribbean and who, as an adult, led a slave rebellion that was ultimately defeated by the British colonial forces.

Frank trained and mentored several young broadcasters throughout the Caribbean who went on to build successful careers.

He contributed immeasurably to the expansion of the Carnival arts and the development of steel pan music in St. Vincent & the Grenadines and also chronicled the oral histories of Grenada, St.Vincent and St. Lucia from dozens of radio interviews with people of the older generations in those Caribbean countries.

Frank and his wife Marie migrated to New York in 1968 and later became naturalized US citizens.  In the 1970s and 1980s Frank worked in the US labor movement as an executive with Locals 144 and 1199 of the SEIU.

Along with his son Don in1973, he launched the first Caribbean-American daily newspaper (“Caribbean Daily”) and, co-founded one of the first Internet-based newspapers, “The Black World Today” in July, 1996.

Shortly after his wife’s death in December 2005, he moved back to the Caribbean and lived in Dominica with his daughter Erica for over six years. He returned to the US in the middle of December 2012 to spend the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with Don and his family in Maryland.

A memorial service will be held for Frank Rojas on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11am in the New All Saints RC Church, Baltimore, MD.

Messages and tributes can be emailed to donjbrojas@gmail.com.

6 Jan  2013
Aubrey (Clinton) Antrobus better known as “Trobie” passed away on Tuesday January 1st, 2013 at the age of 79.

He was born in Kingstown St. Vincent and the Grenadines on May 08, 1933. He is survived by his loving wife Zetherlin (Judy) of 25 years. Children: Nichola, Winston (Daughter-in-Law Denise), Gregory, Gemma, Alain, Micheal, Dennis, Martin and Desmond. 5 Grand Children and 1 Great Grand Child. Brother: Ardon, Sisters: Civilla (Brother-in-Law Ardon Arthur), Patricia Challenger, Margaret Llewellyn (Brother-in-Law Matthew Llewellyn) and Yvonne Antrobus (Sister-in-Law) many nephews and nieces, relatives and close friends.

Clinton Antrobus served 12 years with the SVG Marketing Board later moved to Canada and was an entrepreneur also was employed by Epson Canada for 5 years.

Viewing will be on Friday 11th, 2013 at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home, 2900 Kingston Road from 2-4pm and 7 to 9pm.
Funeral Service to be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, 11:00am at St. John The Divine (Anglican) Church, 885 Scarborough Golf Club Road. Internment will take place at Resthaven Memorial Gardens 2700 Kingston Road Scarborough Ont. M1M 1M5.

His Loving wife Zetherlin and surviving family wish to thank all those who helped in any way possible to make Clinton's life a joy.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society are welcome.

13 December  2012
Philip Nanton writes:
Many visitors to Tony’s Oldies have recorded how much the experience of visiting his photographic web site has meant to them. They write about it as a history lesson, they suggest a feeling of nostalgia for a distant St. Vincent that the photographs create and they discuss how the site  revives many personal memories. Like many of the visitors to the site I also wanted to record my response.  I guess that writing is what I do, so as I sniffed the beginnings of a story some months ago I began to pester Tony with questions about his website’s history.  – how did it start? who uses it more, Vincentians at home or those living abroad? how did he see its development? My first few lines eventually became a few pages as I shaped my response into an article.

An important feature of the website he has created is the way it works. The contributions of photographs from home and abroad, the comments attached, the guest book and the recording of important milestones all build a sense of community. It is a cyber community that is not forced or false but one that is  shared between Vincentians who live abroad and in the homeland. It seemed that this was worth saying. So I put the ideas in an article with the title ‘Tony’s Oldies: Visualising Vincentian Diasporic Memory’. It was published recently in Caribbean Quarterly: A Journal of Caribbean Culture.