Samuel Modeste died on February 6. He was 71. His Funeral Mass was held at St Joseph’s RC Church, Mon Repos, San Fernando on February 13. The following is an edited version of the eulogy delivered by his daughter, Maria.
Samuel was born, the third child of Franklyn and Veronica Modeste, on March 16, 1948. As a child he attended Vistabella Presbyterian School as he lived nearby on Cane Street. Later, he went to the San Fernando Boys’ RC where he became a pupil teacher—an unpaid job, at the age of 15. The teachers would put some funds together to pay him every month, approximately $20.
He was one of the first set of students at Corinth Teachers’ Training College and was called a first Corinthian. Upon his graduation, he became a full-fledged teacher at La Romaine RC.