|Letter: Wade Kojo Williams passes|
|Published on November 13, 2012||
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The Caribbean News Now blogging community has sadly lost a stalwart contributor to this online news site, in the recent (November 3rd) sad passing of the inimitable Wade "Kojo" Williams (63), renowned Vincentian socio-political activist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He had lately taken ill.
Mr Wade Williams was a former police officer, politician and journalist in SVG, and a security professional in Canada. He regularly coordinated black history and SVG diasporic events in his adopted homeland in North America.
Mr Williams was also a former secretary general of the Robert Milton Cato-led St Vincent Labour Party (SVLP), senator, and deputy speaker of the SVG Parliament.
Wade and I have crossed swords innumerable times on several weblogs over the past decade, sometimes quite boisterously. But always he has gravitated towards ultimate respect and Vincy humour.
I most deeply regret his early, untimely passing. My fullest regards to the immediately families, of origin and procreation, including his sister, my most memorable stellar colleague. SVG and the wider OECS are poorer for this event.
Kojo has led a very full, productive, life. The ever-living God has given us an average three score and ten years of this fleeting, transitory life on his good planet Earth. Let us make the most of it, as I feel Wade Williams did.
I grew to personally respect him and appreciate his myriad contributions on CNN and these Caribbean related online blog sites. Wade well deserves his rest from the trials and tests of these tumultuous times in the OECS and globally.
Please find below the formal obituary on the official government radio station website NBC Radio 705.
Mr Wade Tudor Hetherington Williams, better known as "Kojo", of Winnipeg, [Manitoba], Canada, formerly of Calliaqua, died on Saturday, 3rd November, at the age of 63. The funeral takes place on Tuesday, 13th November 2012, at the Faith Temple in Winnipeg, Canada. The service begins at 11.00 a.m. Burial will be in Winnipeg, Canada.
But I cannot help but throw one last "blog" comment as a passing shot at Kojo. Imagine the merciless teasing we would have given him about his "proper English middle names" of Tudor and Hetherington… had we known earlier!
R.I.P. Wade Williams, my friend.
Stephen A Huggins
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BY WAY OF AN UPDATE:
WADE WILLIAMS' Funeral and Celebration of Life Service is being held today, Tuesday, 13 November, at 11.00 a.m., at FAITH TEMPLE, located at 968 NOTRE DAME AVENUE, Banning, in WINNEPEG, Manitoba, Canada.
A service of Visitation was held yesterday, Monday, 12 November, 7.00 p.m.. at the Truth and Worship Centre, on Richfield Avenue near St. Anne's, in Winnepeg.
The tributes are pouring in for this one-time President, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF S.V.G. ASSOCIATIONS in CANADA, fearless Calypsonian and keen sports enthusiast.
Brother Steven A. It is always a refreshing to read your writing. It is a shame that you are not writing more regular than you do. I am issuing you a challenge; to make your presence felt and hit us with your vast knowledge.
HOWDIE, Allan. My fullest appreciation. I do rather enjoy READING your unique contributions, though. I find them simply eye-opening. Can I still enjoy knocking one back, next time I am in the neighborhood, or haven't you kept or yet revived the Palmer Shop tradition? The guys will tell you that I don't take more than a beer, or two, maximum. Or, a sole whisky, with a lot of dark coloured pepsi tracer. I once gave Sir Milts a disapproving look for thinking he had to so closely fraternize the watering hole posse. Hope we meet up some day, anyhow.
I flatter myself that I used some sort of ESP to influence Peter to join us, here. My final attraction to this site was the presence of Markie, whose outstanding, historic, performances as a youth, while still a senior high student; simply amazing. I was then a CYP trained volunteer youth worker who self financed all my myriad communal programmes. Sorry, I may have sometimes heard your name, then, but I did not move in those specific circles as you did. Except, I used to be a regular at the RSVG Training Centre, at Largo, while I trained the national table tennis teams. But, I have (have had) some very close pals in your former calling, though, some former classmates/former colleagues/former students/athletes, etc., not to mention Spring. Some have excelled in the Coast Guard, at the SSU, CID, Immigration, Training Centre, etc.
I believe that, ironically, Markie Spring and Wade may have been blood related. This is based on what Kojo told me some years ago by Private Mail about his earliest connections, and especially that of his grandmother or great-aunt, with Cato. The First PM's mother, I think, was a daughter of Winnifred Young [nee SPRING]. I grew up hearing a lot about the early Arthur Cato, Arnott Cato, Milton, and, I believe, Burns Bonadie's mom, from my grandmother and a great-aunt who were the daughter of Winnifred John [nee YOUNG], herself another daughter of RM's grandmother, Winnifred Young [nee SPRING]. It might interest Markie to know that the well-known G'Town personality, Mr. Edwin Collins, was also a grandson,too, [like Sir Milts], of said common relation Mrs. Winnifred Young-SPRING.
Interestingly, I recently privately suggested to ERIC that he make or find the time to give us some more such articles of SVG vintage. A deja vu coincidence that you would make your like suggestion. I am wrapped us in actually doing several College courses and helping with some post graduate mentoring, besides other pressing matters. But, I will try to actively make the time to spend more time on this highly valued project. So, I will endeavour to ultimately take up your challenge. After all, I will have your call as my excuse and alibi. Thanks, Bro. And, I truly appreciate your nice comments. God bless, man.