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A tribute to our ‘Uncle Syd’

Vernon and Joan Khelawan with ‘Uncle Syd’ on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary.


As a boy I have always known ‘Uncle Syd’ to have a big heart, especially when it came to his many nieces and nephews. He knew all of us and loved all of us tremendously. Growing up directly opposite the St Joseph RC Church, I had an uncanny feeling his strong spirituality would guide him to the priesthood.

I remember how every morning he would park his bicycle and run into the church, for what I would imagine was a daily chat with the Lord. It was during this time while he worked at the Tunapuna Warden’s Office, he stood as godfather for Patrick my younger brother. But his life turned around and he entered the Seminary at Mount St Benedict as one of its first students.

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