EULOGY: Dr. Claude Edvard ‘Eddie’ Caudeiron

Eddie Caudeiron

Eulogy

On September 28, 1951 – Claude Edvard Caudeiron (known affectionately as Eddie) was born in La Victoria, Venezuela to Mabel Alice and Jean Albert Caudeiron. His mother was from Dominica and his father was a French national working in Venezuela.

He was the last of the seven children of the union. His other siblings are Solange, Daniel, Irma (Deceased), Lucienne (Deceased), Simone and Leslie Antoine (Tony). When he was two, there was an outbreak of gastroenteritis in the local community and most of the children were affected. Because of this, his mother promised God that she would dedicate her son’s life to Him, if He spared his life. She kept her promise and years later, Eddie began his preparation for entry into the priesthood.

In 1954 the family moved from Venezuela to Trinidad and then to Dominica in 1957.

In 1961 the family moved again to Venezuela and in 1962 returned permanently to Dominica. There he attended Roseau Boys School and St. Mary’s Academy.

In 1967, when he was only 16 years old his mother passed away. He had prepared breakfast for her that morning and remembers quite vividly and with much pain the events of that day. He was to say that the passing of his mother and his recent diagnosis, were the two most painful experiences of his life.

Upon graduating high school, he took up a teaching post at the Dominica Grammar School but left in 1972 to attend the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus to pursue a degree in Biology.

Between 1973 and 1974, Eddie served as the External Affairs Chairman for the Students’ Union. His job was to provide opportunities for cultural activities and outreach to the wider community. He brought the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff and the Mighty Sparrow to perform at the Students’ Union. Eddie ofen mentioned visiting Bob at the studio and playing football with him. During the summer of 1974, he managed to secure funds from several businesses in Jamaica and took a group of students down to St. Lucia to build a school. He was able to charter a plane, provide food and accommodation for the students.

In September of 1974, on her first official day on the Mona campus, he met Terrence Maureen Wood. From that time onwards, they were inseparable.

In 1975 Eddie completed his first degree and after teaching for two years at Campion College in Jamaica he entered the Faculty of medicine in October 1977.

On December 10, 1977, Eddie and Terry were married. She worked while Eddie studied.

On August 23, 1981, Edvard Albert was born. Eddie excitedly took the baby and Terry had to ask, ever so gently, to see him. At Edvard’s birth, as with all his children, a happier man could not be found.

Terry was ever so proud when Eddie graduated with his medical degree In June 1982. When he crossed the stage at the graduation ceremony, Terry in her excitement was the only person standing, clapping and obscuring everyone else’s’ view.

During his residency at the UHWI, Eddie decided that he wanted to specialize in Paediatrics but the plight of sick children distressed him greatly. In fact, after a child who had captured Eddie’s heart and who he contemplated adopting, unexpectedly passed away, he decided instead to specialize in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

In July 1984, Eddie was awarded the Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and 4 years later, in November 1988, he was awarded the Doctor of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Eddie had found his calling.

Between 1988 and 1990, he worked at the Family Planning Department (now known as the Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit, University Hospital of the West Indies) under the guidance of Professor Hugh Wynter.

In May 1990 Eddie came to Cayman to complete a 2-week locum at the Professional Medical Centre. After those 2 weeks, Dr. Tomlinson offered him a permanent post and the family then decided to relocate to Grand Cayman.

In July 1990, Terry arrived in Cayman with their 3 children and was reunited with Eddie. The family loved living in Grand Cayman and Eddie had a very busy practice. Nonetheless, he spent whatever time he could to take the family to the beach. In the early years it was every Friday afternoon. Terry especially looked forward to those outings as he would pick her up from law school with by then, 4 children – Edvard, Renee, Dominic and Zacharie, and head to the beach.

Eddie loved the Cayman Islands and its people. He never allowed a patient’s inability to pay get in the way of providing care. He had opinions on the policies of the government of the day and was not afraid to make his voice known whether it was liked or not. One of his creeds was “To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men.”

As a doctor, Eddie cared immensely about his patients. It seemed that he was always on call.

He had the ability to answer the phone from a deep sleep and sound as if he was awake and was waiting on that call all along. He never complained about getting up immediately and going to meet a patient at the maternity ward. He never wanted to miss a delivery. He said that he would feel cheated if that ever happened because of his bond with mother and baby and could not reconcile that with not being the person to deliver that baby. He recently expressed that he had a special bond with all the babies that he delivered. He would only have to hold them and he could instinctively tell whether or not he had delivered a particular baby.

Eddie delivered over 3,000 babies in Cayman. He knew the details of each and every one of them. He knew the date that they were born, time of day, which day, weather conditions etc. He was looking forward to delivering babies of those babies who were first delivered by him.

Interestingly, he never immediately recognized a face. However, once you gave him your name, a light would go on and he could remind you of things that even you didn’t remember.

He had the same prodigious memory in family matters. He would surprise his family, friends and colleagues with the detail with which he could remember things from way back in his childhood.

On July 2, 2020, his only grandchild, Aria was born. He marveled at how perfect this baby was that God himself had created. She gave him great joy up until the time of his passing.

On 3 February 2021 Eddie got the devastating diagnosis that he had cancer. He sought treatment at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida and remained there for about 4 months. However, on 22 May 2021 he returned to Cayman where he was most comfortable, and where he could spend time with his family. He remained brave throughout and never questioned God’s plan for him. He had the chance to finally slow down and he used the time to read and explore the Bible with Terry’s help.

On 17 November 2021, Eddie transitioned from this life with Terry by his side.

So, though Eddie did not enter the priesthood, he served God in other ways especially in his care of the mothers and their many children that he delivered safely.

His was a life well lived. We will all miss him dearly. May his soul rest in peace.

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2 Comments

  1. Zandoli
    December 7, 2021

    Sorry to hear of his passing. His brother taught me science at DGS back in the 70s.

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  2. Herbert Volney
    December 7, 2021

    Eddie was my best friend for over a decade. He was once my brotherly neighbor at Fort Lane in Roseau for many years. I was gifted many a hand me down shirt that I wore with pride. What can be added was his boyhood passion for stamps. His philatelist collection was second to none.
    When I was Guild President at Cave Hill he was Vice President at Mona. I visited him often and he rode a huge motor bike I often went into New Kingston as a rider with him to eat Tasty Patties I can attest to his close friendship with the late Bob Marley and other Reggae top guns. I met his wife Terry on one of my visits. He lived at Taylor Hall. I had it on my Bucket Wish List to visit him in Cayman next time I passed in on a cruise. Rest In Peace my friend. I am lessened for your passing. My condolences to Terry and the family.

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