Anniversary of the passing of Raymond O'Keiffe

OECS Media Statement by the Director General Dr. Didacus Jules

Colleagues, today we remember the passing of someone who was among the most passionate voices for OECS integration, Raymond O’Keiffe. 

It has been a year ago that we said goodbye to Raymond but I am sure that he remains in our memories as someone who was always bubbly and engaging and whose belief in radio communication was almost a religious tenet. 

He used his communications skills not only on the job but for the betterment of the many communities in which he played a leadership and mentoring role: his Church, youth groups, his music fraternity.

Raymond stood out as a devoted father who found absolute joy in his children.

Today, we should also remember the O’Keiffe family, Stacey his wife, and their children Kensani and Kwansa, his mother and siblings.  Let us spare a moment of prayer so that they can gain comfort in their own remembrance and courage to walk their road.

For all of us, there is a message. We are but a merely fleeting presence in this world.  We do not know how long we have nor can we predict the trials and storms that may befall us along our own personal journey.  God’s plan for us is as wonderful as it is mysterious.  Our personal and collective challenge is to live purposefully and to use our precious gift of time to make this world a better place - principally for the many less fortunate. 

We remember Raymond's contribution and extend our best wishes to his family.  May God bless them and may he rest in eternal peace.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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