Plenus annis abiit, plenus honoribus – He is gone from us, full of years and full of honors
It is with heavy hearts and a deep sense of loss that we in the LDF and the entire community of Laborie mourn the passing of Educator, Sports Administrator and Social Actor, Rudy Thomas John. Known affectionately as “RJ”, his death will have a significant impact on the landscape of social action and overall development in our community.
RJ, a humble, yet steadfast and contrite being, touched the lives of many through his service to community and state in various voluntary and professional capacities. He was a Retired Teacher and Education Officer and in recent years was coordinator of the National Enrichment and Learning Programme (NELP) in the south of the island. His service to youth and Sports Development expanded from his community, through the Laborie Sports Association to the national stage where he served on the executive of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association and the Saint Lucia Football Association during the 70’s and 80’s.
RJ was a founding member of the Laborie Co-operative Credit Union, the Laborie Development Foundation; and most recently served as President of the Laborie Fishers and Consumers Co-operative. One of his signature projects, the new Laborie Fishers and Consumers Co-operative Service Station stands today as a proud legacy to his commitment and dedication to advancing his community in all spheres of development.
Over the next few days, the Laborie community, in consultation with the family of Mr. John, will plan an activity to celebrate the life and contribution of this illustrious son.
As of now we ask that you join with us and the entire community of Laborie in extending heartfelt condolences to his immediate family especially his wife Martha John.
May his soul Rest in Peace with God Almighty.