Former Castries Mayor passes away

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Former Castries Mayor passes away


Former Mayor of Castries Dunstan Fontenelle passed away peacefully at his home yesterday, September 8 at about 5:30p.m. He was 73.

Fontenelle suffered from diabetes for a number of years.

He was regarded a son of the soil and served in public office in various capacities. Besides serving as mayor, Fontenelle was once the vice president of the St. Lucia Senate.

He was also the first chairman of the Carnival Development Committee and two-time president of the St. Lucia Seamen, Waterfront and General Workers Union. He also had a stint in Canada as the St. Lucia Counsel General.

Relatives said that Fontenelle went into a coma for almost two months, about 35 years ago and they all thought he would have died. However, he later managed to get better and was coping fairly well. However, this time around, all of his vital organs failed him.

His son, Andre Fontenelle told St. Lucia News Online (SNO): “It is a shocking experience to see and to have my father die right in my arms. For somebody who has achieved as much as he had and for what he has done, it is just difficult.”

Fontenelle leaves to mourn his wife, eight children and  13 grandchildren.

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  1. I haven's seen Fontenelle in 25 years and today sitting in Toronto I decided to call the St. Lucian tourist board to find out whether Dunstan still lived in Toronto or St. Lucia.
    How sad & shocked I was to hear he had passed away yesterday. I meant Dunstan 25 years ago while working at City TV News in Toronto and had the pleasure of interviewing him during the St Lucia "Jump Up" carnival he was very sweet and full of enthusiasm - he even had myself David Beckett and Kim Gertler over for lunch at his home. We took a number of photographs of a new young baby in his family and as I am returning to St. Lucia this Dec 21st - 28th 2014 I want to FINALLY give him the photographs !!!!and a copy of this interview . I will be staying in Choiseul with a great friend of mine that I went to art college with in Toronto - Aldreck Mondesir. I would really appreciate if any one is reading this post if you could let me know how I can contact a Fontenelle family member. May the great Dunstan Fontenelle continue to inspire us all. Love & peace John ..... email is : [email protected]

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  2. Farewell brother, I will never forget your love and kindness when I visited St. lucia in the good old days.

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  3. RIP to the gentleman but people DO NOT go to Heaven or to paradise or to meet the angels when they die. They have to face judgement first as to how they lived for the Almighty here on earth. Until such time they remain in the grave asleep.

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    • I guess a few dead people came back and told you that's what happened to them. None of us know what happens when we die. We have to live right and be kind to others - period.

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  4. This man I will never forget. He had a firm voice and always spoke if his experiences. He really did touch my life. RIP Mr. Fontenelle

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