A SAINT LUCIAN GIANT PASSES AWAY
CCalixte George C.M.G., SLMM (Gold) yril Thomas Matthew passed away on November 28, 2016 at his residence in Marisule. Mr Matthew was a well-respected and humble son of the soil who made a significant contribution to the development of Saint Lucia, particularly in the Agricultural and Financial sectors. He served as the Chief Agricultural Officer (Director of Agriculture) and later Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries, Cooperatives & Forestry.
He gave outstanding and dedicated service to the development of the Banana Industry, particularly in his role as General Manager and Operations Manager of the Saint Lucia Banana Growers’ Association (SLBGA) and as Managing Director of the Windward Islands Banana Association (WINBAN). He also played a pivotal role in the formation of the Windward Islands Banana Development & Exporting Company (WIBDECO), now WINFRESH.
Mr Matthew was also active in improvement of the welfare of public servants generally. He served as President of the Civil Service Association for about a decade and was a member of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Consumer Association and the Saint Lucia Cooperative Credit Union, where he held the position of General Manager for more than ten years.
Mr Matthew also served on the Boards of Management of several important national organisations including the Saint Lucia Agricultural & Industrial Bank, the Saint Lucia Banana Growers Association, the Saint Lucia Agriculturalists’ Association, the Saint Lucia Marketing Board, the Saint Lucia Development Bank, the Saint Lucia Cooperative Bank (now 1st National Bank), the Saint Lucia Water Authority (now the Water & Sewerage Company, WASCO), the Saint Lucia National Development Corporation (now Invest Saint Lucia).
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Windward Islands Packaging Company (WINERA). Mr Matthew was the first chairman of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards and served as a commissioner on the Income Tax Appeals Commission as well as a member of the Public Service Board of Appeal.
Mr Matthew was a long standing member of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia. He was a member of the Gros Islet Roman Catholic Church Vestry, a Eucharistic Minister 3and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Mr Matthew was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen as a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) and the Saint Lucia Government bestowed him with the Saint Lucia Medal of Honour (Silver) by Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy.
Mr Matthew is survived by his wife Laurentia, eight children namely Steiner, Gwyneth, Darwin, Ryan, Andre,Sygna, Sygnus, Remus and by several others of the Matthew, Hippolyte and Girard families.
May he rest in peace.