The SKN community in the diaspora and in particular New York is mourning the loss of a stalwart and true Kittitian and Nevisian patriot.
Helen Marcella Byron-Baker has passed away . Described as a woman of grace, class and champion of pride in self and country was a former senior property manager at Durst Fetner, one of the largest property developers in New York and a founding member of KABA Kittitian American Benevolent Association.
Firm, frank and fair was she.
A void will certainly be left in the community of citizens she served, KABA, the organization she co-founded, the organizations she worked with, her church, her family and dear friends.
She will be sorely missed.
A number of St.Kitts-Nevis Groups , Organisations and dignataries have paid glowing tributes to the late proud daughter of the soil.
St.Kitts born US Town Councillor Attorney Kenrick Clifton opined “GOODBYE MY FRIEND…
No words can describe how saddened I am by the passing of a dear and wonderful soul whom I have known all my adult life.
Years earlier, I felt so honored and so blessed to have presented her with an Award for her amazing contribution to community, to her beloved country of St. Kitts and Nevis and to humanity.
We pray the love of God enfolds the family during this difficult time.”
The Green Valley Global Association issued the following statement “”To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…….
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance….
No other time pierces our hearts as deeply as one of life’s inevitable phases; the deep dark doldrums of death.
Death creates this void in our lives, filling us with pain and sorrow for the loss of a loved one……and yet it is a constant reminder that once we have life, we are sure one day to face death.
As we reminisce on the life of Helen Marcella Byron Baker, a champion for the cause of women, for country, for her church community and for her family, may we hold dear her undeniable passion for the service of others.
On behalf of the members and friends of GVG, Inc., I extend our sincere condolences to her dear family and friends.
May she rest peacefully in a world where neither pain nor sorrow will befall her.”
The Sandy Point Benevolent Society also issued an official statement regarding the passing of Lady Byron-Baker. The statement reads “SPBS takes this opportunity to convey our sincerest condolences to the family of Mrs Helen Marcella Byron-Baker.
Mrs Byron-Baker was a patriot from the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis and was one of the founding members of KABA. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of the Federation.
May she Rest In Peace.”
Mrs Baker-Byron is the sister of President of the Caribbean Court of Justice Sir Dennis Byron , Attorney-General of St.Kitts-Nevis Hon. Vincent Byron Jr. and former SKN Ambassador to Taiwan Attorney Terrance V Byron
In mourning her death, there is great appreciation for her selflessness, hence the importance in reflecting on her life and celebrating her contributions during her earthly sojourn..
Viewing and Tributes for Helen Marcella Byron will be on Monday, April 17, 2017 at J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, 179-24 Linden Blvd, St. Albans, NY 11434 from 4pm to 8pm.
Church Service on Tuesday, @ 9:00 AM at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2105 Stuart Ave, Valley Stream, NY.
Interment at the Wood Lawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.
May her soul find eternal peace!