OBITUARY Adapted from the Funeral Programme/Leaflet
To be born a gentleman is an accident; To die one is an achievement.
Hinkson Charles’ name epitomizes this sentiment.
He learned very early on that a Christ-like life was the bedrock of true education. Consequently, he was honest, hardworking, and trustworthy. He may not have been an Oxford alumni, but we dare anyone to compete with ‘Chalo’ in the areas of agriculture, artistry or his sense of humour. The Mon Repos community was privileged to have benefited from his presence which is evidenced by the many anecdotal references made since his passing.
His early membership at the Debrieul Seventh Day Adventist Church was providential as this is where he met his life long partner – the beautiful Magnora Polimis – and together their quiver was full. Their ten children in addition to three from a previous union as well as three adoptees completed the unit.
He was an exemplary family man and a devoted partner. The Emmanuel Church was blessed by his commitment to his duties as a deacon for many years. ‘Bre’ Charles will be greatly missed.On May 13, 2004, with his wife and daughters at his side, ‘Chalo’s’ earthly commute ceased. He now awaits the call of the Life Giver.
Left to mourn his passing are: his devoted wife of forty nine and a half years; His sons – Kennedy, Raul, William, Boyce, Wycliffe, Judah and their families; His daughters – Hencilia, Madlene, Janice Burton, Eucilla, Telka, Joyce, Janice Charles and Ellen and their families. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and in-laws; The Butcher and Hinds families of Choiseul; The Bruce family of Labayee; The Symphorine family of Fond St. Jaques; The Polimis, Feverier, Smith and Peter families of Mon Repos, Canada and United Kingdom;
Good night Papa – We’ll see you in the morning.
MON REPOS TEAM CROSSES LINE IN 7TH PLACE IN MARTINIQUE
A team of long distance runners from Mon Repos travelled to the French Department of Martinque to participate in “Le Relais Neg Mawon” which took place on Sunday the 23rd May 2004. The team came in seventh. Details to be made available by the manager Terry Faisal. The trip was made possible through the Athletic Association of Martinique and the Mon Repos Youth & Sports Council.
Representing the first ever Mon Repos team in such a race were, Zaccheus Wilson, Ubald Wilson, Rickel Robinson, Royan Wilson, Marcellus Charlery, Elishus Desartes, Lester Robinson, Asdel Serieux, Alex Peter, and Andre Rodney.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYLINE
One of our faithful visitors is proud to share with viewers a sentimental moment. In the photo is Timothea James affectionately known as Lyline, standing next to (and I am sure you guessed right! right?) her son Jonathan, believe it or not. Lyline is back in her beloved homeland, not just for jazz but to celebrate her 50th birthday. She left Saint Lucia as a thirteen year old, sometime in 1966 to join her parents at 27 Oakley Road in London and later moved to 108 Sussex Way. She never forgot Saint Lucia since then, and has made no lest than 15 trips back home. A memorable trip was last year when she helped in the planning and celebration of her grandmother’s (Ma Sa-il’s)100th birthday. She was instrumental in getting a birthday card signed and sent specially from Queen Elizabeth The Second for that occasion. Lyline therefore has that special affiliation to Saint Lucia. She is a regular visitor to our website while in England. Many listeners to the nighttime shows on the various Saint Lucian radio stations, would have identified her as a regular caller. Lyline is an avid collector of things historical. She still has a few of the text books that she used at the Mon Repos Combined School. She provided us with a wonderful trip down memory lane with two memorable photographs, namely “Sister Act” and Mon Repos’ musical exponents in “Conquerors”. On Friday at 5:00 pm she will be joined by some friends and relatives at a thanksgiving service to be celebrated at the St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church. For her undiminished love and affiliation to her community and home land we a glad to salute Lyline on her 50th birthday.
GRASS STREET TAKES FIRST INNINGS OVER SOUTH WALES
In the Two-Day Cricket competition sponsored by the Mon Repos Credit Union, Grass Street Sports Club took first innings honours over South Wales in a rain affected game played over the weekend of of the 15th and 16th May 2004.
Batting first South Wales were restricted to 91;John albert 26, Gregor Charlery 23, Nicholas Jean Baptiste 16 and Kendall Samuel 14. The last five wickets fell without a run being added.
Bowling for Grass Street; Heron Fevrier had four for 28 and Warn Augustin three for 22.
In their turn at the crease Grass Street reached 123 for six before end of play on the first day; Warn Augustin 65 and Linus Mathurin 37.
For South Wales Kendall Samuel had three for 17, Gregor Charlery one for 24 and Donminic albert one for 52. No play was possible on the Sunday.
The other scheduled game between Malgretoute and Lumbard at the Mon Repos Cricket Ground did not take place, nor did the Praslin v La Pointe 4H in La Pointe.
MR. CHARLES PASSES ON
Mr. Hinkson Charles affectionalely known as CHARLO, of Reduit on the Raillon Road died, last week at the family home in Castries. Mr. Charles leaves to to mourn his wife Magnora, his children including Kenny, Roll, William, Boyce, Wincliff, Juda, Baba, Ucilla, Joyce, Jenice, Hellen and many friends and relatives especially his brothers and sisters of the Seventh Day Adventist Faith.
Originally from Victoria in Choiseul, he was clearly well received in the community of Mon Repos where. together with his wife they raised their family in the relatively quiet area of Reduit, along the Raillon Road. They would therefore be well known by all farmers who used the Raillon Road to get to their garden or banana farm. This writer remembers that sometime in the late 1960’s a spraying plane which went out of control landed very close to the family home.
It not known whether he came to Mon Repos as a practicing Seventh Day Adventist or whether he was converted during or after courtship. However, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Mr. & Mrs. Charles were at one time the pillars of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Mon Repos Community, having served as elders and in the case of Magnora Charles having served as a full time teacher of the Seventh Day Primary School.
The funeral of Mr. Charles is planned for Thursday this week, at the Mon Repos Seventh Day Adventist Church. We extend condolences to the family and in particular Roll who has assisted a lot of young sportsmen from the community.
YOUTH TO HELP RAISE $$ FOR RICHARDIS JOSEPH MEDICAL FUND
The Mon Repos Youth and Sports Council with the assistance of some volunteers (attached and unattached to the Council) have launched the most ambitious fundraiser to assist one of their own – RICHARDIS JOSEPH affectionately known as CHARDIS. The idea first came up from the President of the Council Denis James at a General Meeting held on the 22nd of April 2004 at the Mon Repos Combined School where it was agreed by the general body. since ten a ad hoc committee made up mainly of volunteers met at the Patience Combined School on May 6th. 2004.
At a lively and sometimes emotional meeting the committee identified a number of fundraising activities from which it estimates to raise close to E.C.$40,000.00 which would go towards the cost of a kidney transplant for Richardis Joseph. CHARDIS who is the current President of Patience Youth Organization is a former national cricketer who represented both Mon Repos and Saint Lucia for a few year before he suffered from his ailment. The lowest quoted estimate for the cost of his kidney transplant is (US$50,000.00) Fifty Thousand U.S. Dollars. While it is a phenomenal target the Mon Repos Youth and Sports Council along with the Fundraising Committee, has identified and planned a series of fundraisers from which it can raise $40,000.00. The Council is confident that with the helf of person here and abroad this figure can be met by the 31st day of December and serve as a powerful example of what can be achieved if we are determined.
The following is a list of activities planned:
Some of these activities will be undertaken jointly with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force which has already started it fundraisers. In particular we expect to get pledges over the the net and through this website either in the form of cash or donation that could go towards a hamper or or Flea Market or Fair on August 1, 2004. For those abroard who can source items you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SANCHA IS OFFICIAL SCORER IN ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL – W.I. vs. ENGLAND
Nineteen year-old SANCHA EMMANUEL of Malgretoute, Mon Repos, will be breaking new grounds when she serves as a scorer in the two One Day International (ODI’s) cricket games to be played at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds this coming weekend. This quiet unassuming cricket lover hails from Malgretoute, and not surprisingly she is the cousin of Craig Emmanuel and niece of Walter, Jacob and Claudius Emmanuel. Sancha is undoubtedly the leading female cricket scorer in the island, having not only done local games but has also attended local courses for umpires to improve her skill and knowledge of the craft. Sancha says that she does not like being amongst girls. That is the why she prefers being involed in the male sports, such as cricket. She is also a keen professional wresling fan and says that she would be sick if she did not watch wrestling.
Sancha also called Anita is a devout follower of the Pentecostal faith. Professionally she is employed by the Ministry of Agriculture at the Beausejour Agricultural Station as a record keeper. From her school days at Vieux Fort Secordary she developed a love for Agricultural Science in particular animal husbandary / livestock practice. She plans to further a career in Vetinary Science one day soon.
We all extend congratulations and best wishes to this young dynamic lady.