Agriculturist and hotelier Charles Alexander Winston is dead.
Winston died peacefully on Monday 7th May, 2012 at approximately 8:30 a.m.
He was born in Roseau on 25th November 1917.
Winston first gained employment with the Department of Agriculture as an extension officer during which time he attended the University of the West Indies in Trinidad where he pursued studies in Animal Husbandry. He continued working in this field, and later joined the firm of Foley & Ban as manager of Woodford Hill Estate. The firm of Foley & Ban was subsequently sold to Geest Industries & Co. Ltd. when he then became General Manager of the Woodford Hill, Picard and Brantridge Estates for 17 years.
Winston was instrumental in the introduction of certain agri technology such as irrigation, field terracing and banana sleeving. Recognized for his distinguished service to the agricultural sector, mainly the banana industry, in March of 1963, he was the honours recipient of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
After 17 years of service, he resigned from his services with Geest Industries to live on his estate [New Florida] with his wife and children where he experimented with various crops and livestock. One of his many achievements was Dominica’s first crop of Irish potatoes in the early ’70′s, supplying the supermarkets, hotels and homes.
He possessed a strong passion for all animals, in particular horses, and nurtured these beautiful and elegant creatures throughout his life.
Earthmoving and excavation works were among his other successful ventures and his work can be seen island wide which would include the east and west coast roads and also feeder roads. Later, he decided to embark, with his wife and children, on a very different occupation and so, the Evergreen Hotel was established in 1986 at Castle Comfort, a three time award winning establishment. He retired as an hotelier in 2005 at the age of 88.
Winston was an honourable gentleman. He was unassuming, kind and generous. Thought of as an interesting individual, he was willing to share his knowledge with anybody who asked, whether young or old. As a manager, he was highly respected and admired by all, epitomized by his employees and others. He loved his family and friends and kept them close to his heart.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years of marriage, Hermena (Mena) Winston ne Toulonand, his five children, grand and great grand children, one sister and many other relatives.
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