Sunday 31 May, 2020

Retired BCC Registrar remembered and honoured

Tribute at the Barbados Community College (BCC). Inset - Sydney O. Arthur.

Tribute at the Barbados Community College (BCC). Inset - Sydney O. Arthur.

Sydney Arthur, the late Registrar of the Barbados Community College (BCC) was not only loved and respected by his biological family, but he also had many extended families.

He was also part of the BCC family, the UWI family and the Miami Beach crew, to name a few who embraced him besides his blood relatives.

At the Community College, the library staff along with the Head Amelia Worrell organised and mounted a tribute in honour of their fellow colleague, who was seen as “a steadfast employee”.

Speaking lovingly about her uncle, Arthur’s niece Shericia Arthur told Loop News:

“He was loving and kind. He always made me laugh. He was someone you could bounce ideas off of. He loved dominoes. He was always at Miami Beach with the guys playing dominoes. Every Saturday my dad and him would cook cou cou and he would do the fish or sea cat or sea egg or shrimp or whatever they desired.”                       

Arthur was the Registrar at BCC for almost 20 years. He retired in 2015. He also lectured at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus. “He is who helped me get into UWI, he pushed me to apply, and he was always willing to assist other students at UWI with their theses,” she added.                       

Reminiscing, Shericia said that her uncle loved England because of the cold and he lived there for quite sometime as a nurse. “He was really big on healthy eating. He loved nature. His memory will forever live in my mind.”

Arthur was a founding member of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA), a former Cricket Commentator and a Political Analyst.

To mourn, he leaves his fiancée Paulette Lewis, his four children – Judy Arthur, Michelle Arthur, Sydney Arthur Jr., and Mark Arthur, his five brothers and many other loved ones.

Arthur’s funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Collymore Rock Church of Nazarene. There will be tributes to celebrate the life and work of Arthur from 12:30 pm and the Deputy Principal of BCC is set to read a tribute.

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