I had enormous respect for Adrianne and as the current President of the UKWC felt I should speak on behalf of our Club members many of whom are here today and for those that couldn’t be.
Adriane originally came from Northumberland in the UK and married her husband Wilfred there, although I understand she initially met him somewhere in the Caribbean. She arrived in Trinidad some 36 years ago and must have joined the UKWC shortly after as she first became a member in 1982 rejoining in 1985. Whilst Adriane and Fred did not have any children they loved their dogs. Wilfred sadly died some years ago but Adriane decided to remain in Trinidad after and kept her pooches right up until her own passing.
In her later years, she was plagued by ill health and immobility. Having spoken to many fellow members of the UKWC we were all impressed by her for similar reasons. She was always cheerful and positive, a kind and unassuming person, who despite her disability held herself with immense poise. She was renowned for being well dressed and put together, the lady of the Club, and this would have been no small undertaking as I am sure it took her many painstaking hours to be just so.
Personally, she impressed me in so many ways. As President of the UKWC and having exchanged messages with my 2 predecessors, I understand she offered us all her unwavering support. She was a positive presence at our meetings and attended them whenever she was able. For a number of years, she was a link lady for the South of Trinidad and she actively supported as many of the social and fund-raising events as she could, always bringing others with her when she was able. The last function she attended was the Clubs 50th Anniversary lunch. I think she thoroughly enjoyed the occasion positively encouraging the Committee to include the horse racing which was the highlight of the occasion, and I have very fond memories of the final picture taken by Rachel and James from RAPSO Imaging of her sitting proudly amongst us at the top of the stairs dressed in our hats and finery.
Never one to allow herself to get bored or maudlin Rachel and Claire both told me that one of Adrianne’s hobbies was writing. She had completed her first book, based on a true story, it was Wilfred and hers love story. “I Came, Saw and Was Conquered by the Caribbean” by Elizabeth Berkeley and that she was in the process of writing her second novel. She was hoping to have them both published at the same time. I do hope that someone will ensure this happens.
She also had an eye for detail and another of her hobbies was sewing. She did beautiful embroidery, apparently bringing some of her pieces to one of the monthly meetings.
It was just a couple of months ago now that her dear UKWC friend Ann Witt passed away. Ann and Adrianne always used to sit together at our monthly meetings and whilst looking through the archives recently I found a photo of them sitting and smiling together at one of the Clubs functions. Well I hope they are sitting and smiling down on us now.
Rest in peace Adrianne, you will be sadly missed by us all.
President, UKWC, Speaking at the memorial service for Adrianne on 28th December 2017, J E Guide Funeral Home, San Fernando.