ZIZ News — Former Trades and Labour Unionist, His Excellency E. St John Payne was remembered on Sunday when the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party hosted its 82nd Requiem Mass at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church.
The annual service facilitates the honouring of fallen labour stalwarts by remembering their contribution to the nation. This year’s service was held under the theme, “Celebrating the Dignity and Value of Public Service.”
Mrs. Victoria O’Flaherty, National Archivist, delivered the keynote address titled “Unassuming Service: The E. St John Payne Story.” She outlined the legacy left behind by St. John Payne and described him as dependable and inspirational.
“Our country and our world need people like St John Payne because they do what they do not for glory but because it has to be done. May St John’s life story be an inspiration to us all as we continue where he left off,” she outlined.
His Excellency E. St John Payne was described as the quiet visionary who was dedicated to the service of his people.
Other honourees included the Right Excellencies Sir Robert L. Bradshaw, Sir Caleb A. Paul Southwell and Sir Joseph N. France, the Honourable Clarence Fitzroy Bryant, the Honourable Charles Mills and Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore.
Presentations were made by the St. Kitts Rising Stars Acapella Boys, Kishma Esdaille and Marcia Jeffers.