Obituary for Charles Sydney
At the end of every day, as he rests from his labors, every good man asks himself, “Have I done all I could do? Did I make another’s world at least a little bit better?” Charles Livington Addington Sydney could always say “yes”.
He was born on October 10th, 1934 in Plymouth, Montserrat, British West Indies, to the late Charles and Mary Sydney. He spent most of his childhood in Montserrat. He left the “land of excellence, molded by nature, nurtured by God” for St. Kitts, were he was a teacher. Sydney then moved to St. Croix USVI for the remainder adult life where he found work and love. He was a student of the world - always reading and researching.
Sydney was many things during his lifetime: a son, a brother, a father, a husband and a caretaker. He spent the majority of his life working at HESS oil refinery in St.Croix, USVI from where he later retired.
Sydney and Jane then opened C.L.A.S. ACT carwash, a business to which he was truly dedicated too. He attended The Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church where he was a member of the men’s fellowship group. He also attended Ebenezer Methodist Church and was a member of the men’s choir. His voice soothed many. Sydney will be sorely missed—both by his family and by his many friends, whom he helped and inspired. But as he rests from his life’s long labor, this great partner, father, and friend should know that he has made his family proud.
After a brief illness, at the age of 83, Sydney passed from this life into the arms of his Heavenly Father on November 29, 2017. Sydney is preceded in death by his late wife Ann Cassel – Sydney, his sister Arora Sydney of Montserrat and daughter Ernestine Sydney. They will meet and hold hands.
Sydney leaves to mourn his beloved, Jane Eliza Lake Hodge; sons: Carlton Bramble (Ernest) and Michael Cassell, Clarence Lake and Trevor Hodge; daughters: Gloria Sydney and Valerie Lake-Hart, Lorna Lake and Dynell Andrews-Blake; his slew of granddaughters: Christine Sydney, Aryana and Nyomi Blake, Jaynele, JaVale and Varnau Jean-Pierre; his grandsons: Aubrey and Albert Hart ,Wayne and Stephen James, Malcolm and Shawn Cassell; his siblings: Wilbur Sydney (Peter), Victor Sydney, Victoria O’Garra, Sally Sydney and Jillian Meade. Sydney leaves an ensemble of nieces, nephews, relatives and many dear friends, including his closest friend, David JaPal.
Prideful, intelligent, giving, joyful, loving, serious and disciplined are a few words that come to mind when one thinks of Charles Livington Addington Sydney. Sydney’s finest quality was his patience, his distinguishing ability to listen and absorb and then share his point of view. He loved a good debate. His laugh was loud and jovial — which always came as a surprise because he was such a soft-spoken man. He was a straightforward man, who demanded little from those around him and expected only the best from them. It is difficult to envision life without him.
As we gather here today to remember and commemorate his life, let’s bid him farewell as we mourn the loss of a dynamic soul. His was a soul that brought joy and fulfillment to many, and whose legacy will live on forever in the most simple and surest way. To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Charles Livington Addington Sydney did just that in his 83 years. The world is most definitely a better place because of Sydney. We all can confidently say he lived his life to the fullest. Thank you for being born and following your heart. Thank you for being a dedicated lifelong student. Thank you for being a father, a wonderful grandfather, a friend and a confidant. We love you. You will be missed and never forgotten. Fly on… Fly on………
There will be a Viewing on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 am followed by Funeral Service at 3:00 pm at the House of Deliverance New Testament Church of God 424 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.
Final Disposition: St. Michael Crematory
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home