Ten Dominicans who said Goodbye in 2015
Allan Guye former Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau North Constituency and former Minister of Health and Social Security in the Dominica Freedom Party administration of Dame Eugenia Charles passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2015.
Dr N.J.O. Liverpool
Dominica's sixth President Nicholas Joseph Orville Liverpool died on 1 June 2015 after medical surgery in Miami, USA. Following a State Funeral at the Grand Bay Roman Catholic Church on Friday 19 June 2015 his mortal remains were buried at the Grand Bay Catholic Cemetery.
President of Dominica, Charles Savarin and First Lady Clara Savarin, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mrs Skerrit, Prime Minister of St Lucia Dr Kenny Anthony, former chief justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Sir Dennis Byron, Baroness Patricia Scotland, Governor General of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Sir Dwight Venner, the Governor Generals of Antigua, St Kitts and St Vincent and the Grenadines, United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Larry L Palmer, Government Ministers, resident and non-resident Ambassadors were among the official mourners at the state funeral.
Michel Raffoul, who passed away on April 6 2015, was buried on Wednesday April 15, 2015. He was a very charismatic individual who was grounded in his culture and the Dominican way of life. Through sports, music, and creative arts, and drama, Michel created a lasting legacy.
Prominent businessman, managing director of Campbell's Business Systems & Services Limited, Karol Phillip died on Sunday 22 November 2015. Phillip, 63, was a former employee of Cable and Wireless.
Dr Helen Francis Seaman
Dr Helen Francis Seaman, former registrar at the Dominica State College died of cancer on Saturday 31 January 2015 in the United States.
Dr Seaman had been a lecturer at the Clifton Dupigny Community College and served when the college was established in 2002 as registrar and vice president of Academic Affairs until 2010.
Principal of the Saint Mary's Academy (SMA), Cuthbert Elwin, passed away in mid-September 2015.
The 61-year-old Elwin who lived at Canefield was described as a lover of basketball, calypso and the World Creole Music Festival; he was a devout Roman Catholic.
One of Dominica's top calypsonians of the 70's, Hayden "Lord Tokyo" Desiree died in mid-April 2015 in hospital of a heart attack in New York at the age of 80.
His hit, "Tennis Shoe Scandal" in 1970 made him a household name in Dominica. That song also won him the Road March title. He captured the Calypso Monarch crown in 1969.
Reggae artiste Nelly Stharre (she was also known as Nelly Raffoul) is assumed to have died on or about August 19, 2015. Her burnt body was found at her home in the heights of Mahaut which police surmise was destroyed by fire. The remains have not been identified.
Raglan Riviere, the co-founder of the Dominica Academy of Arts & Sciences died on July 6, 2015. Gabriel Christian described him as "a soft spoken and modest person (who) quietly toiled away at his computer to fashion the Dominica Academy's website www.da-academy.org as a platform atop which Dominicans at home and abroad could gather to pursue development projects in the arts and sciences".
Hubert Joseph died on 9th August 2015. He was a member of the Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank (AIDB) board of directors from 2000 up to his death. Joseph was a former civil servant, businessman and owner of Flossie Joseph &Co of Old Street, Roseau.