Numerous tributes and fond remarks have been pouring in since the announcement of the death of former educator and founding President of The Nevis Alliance Progressive Society (NAPS), Mr. Theodore C. E. Skeete.
The New Life Baptiste Church was among the various community groups, and individual residents extending sympathies, and condolences after the announced death of Mr. Skeete. In a Facebook message, the Church which honoured Mr. Skeete a few years ago during its Black History Month honours offered condolences.
In a recently invited comment, the Board and Members of NAPS informed The Island Sun that the passing of Mr. Skeete leaves a void.
NAPS stated “Just days prior to his illness, Theodore spearheaded the society’s fifth anniversary celebration, with the recognition of four notable and worthy citizens of the Territory for their sterling contribution to the BVI. NAPS have recognized Mr. Skeete as a Life Member for his overall effort in founding the organization and service to the community. In 2012, Mr. Skeete was honoured at the Society’s 10th Anniversary celebration as our first President. Mr. Skeete’s legacy will live on as one who set the bar of excellence and great achievement so that others can follow.”
The Nevis Alliance Progressive Society was formed in March 2002 and Mr. Skeete became president; a position he held for three years 2002-2005 and then later in 2006 until 2007, when he became ill.
The organization, under Skeete’s sage leadership, has been instrumental in adopting the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School, and on a consistent basis, made benevolent contributions to other schools in the BVI and the Alexandra Hospital in Nevis, as well as spearheading numerous fundraising drives to address many other worthy causes.
The Territory mourns Mr. Skeete who was a primary school principal, high school teacher and later on, lecturer at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Mr. Skeete was also member of the Lions Club of Tortola, and former President of the BVI Cricket Association.