John "Bertie" Medina, husband of Valentina Medina the Queen of the Arima Caribs, and great uncle to CAC Editor Tracy Assing, passed away today (Wednesday, 02 April, 2008). According to Cristo Adonis, in a phone call this evening, the tentative plans are for a funeral on Monday, 07 April, 2008.
I also knew Mr. Medina from the two previous times I lived in Arima (1997-1999, 2001-2003) and he was always a warm, gentle, humorous person. The photograph shown here was taken in August of 1997 at the Santa Rosa Carib Community Centre, where he was helping to clean rods used for the flags of the Santa Rosa Festival.
Roll Call for the Ancestors
It is very sad that in my limited time I have seen the passing of so many elders and key people in the Carib Community, including:
- Justa Werges, the former Carib Queen
- Alexander Calderon
- Julie Calderon
- Nemencia Calderon
- Elma Reyes
- Lawrence Augustus
- and now Bertie Medina
Our condolences to the family, relatives, and friends.
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