Statement from His Excellency President Charles Savarin on the passing of local businessman, Antoine Raffoul

Statement from His Excellency Charles A. Savarin, SAH, DAH, President of the Commonwealth of Dominica on the sad Occasion of the Passing of Mr. Antoine Raffoul, Local Businessman and Former Chairman and Honorary Member of the President’s Charities Foundation Inc.

The dreadful news of the passing of Mr. Antoine Raffoul on the night of Tuesday, 14th September 2021 at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital, came as a great shock with a tremendous sense of loss to me, notwithstanding the fact that I was aware that he was not in the best of health as I, along with my wife Clara, visited him at his home from time to time.

Mr. Raffoul was a devout Catholic, a distinguished businessman, a great Chef and family man who dedicated most of his time to his family and to the service of his church and community. I enjoyed his friendship and dedication, and had the privilege to interact and work closely with him, in my capacity as President from October 2013 while he served as Chairman of the President’s Charities Foundation until he was forced to resign on 17th July 2018 in order to attend to his health and the redevelopment of his business, which had suffered both from the devastation of Hurricane Maria and the looting which followed in the immediate aftermath. He was a founding member of the Foundation and gave 14 years of selfless, loyal, committed and unparalleled service. Notwithstanding his resignation, he stayed on as an Honorary Member of the Foundation and lent his support to the activities of the Foundation until his passing. Everyone who knew and interacted with Mr. Raffoul, will remember him as a very kind, loving, gentle, hardworking and courageous individual who despite his many challenges and difficulties, like Job in the Bible, remained faithful, calm and cheerful.

Antoine was a true friend to my wife Clara and myself. My wife joins me in conveying to his bereaved wife Roselyn, his daughter Anna and grandchildren, his brothers Akel and Joseph Raffoul and family, his former wife and mother of his children, Yvette Raffoul; his relatives and loved ones, and to all those at home and abroad who mourn his passing, our deepest condolences on this painful loss and very sad occasion.

May his soul rest in eternal peace and may he be greeted by our Lord and Savior with the words: welcome my good and faithful servant.

Antoine will be greatly missed!

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  1. Mark
    September 22, 2021

    It’s a shame that even in someone’s death, some of us find it necessary to post nasty comments and show absolutely no respect to the deceased.
    What have we become as a people? If you have nothing pleasant to say, please just read the article and move on.
    Your comment is extremely disgusting.

  2. RastarMarn
    September 22, 2021

    Loosing people is always sad but truth be told:

    What is it about those Syrians allyou always bowing down to them for nuh!!!

    If Dey tell allyou they are Direct descendants from King Solomon Dey Lie!!!

    Can allyou say what good mistadem brought Dominica to make its people advance???

    So they came, they made Millions, and Dominica still the same way as in those days
    when they used to Trade Live-Stock like they do in New York on the Stock Exchange!!!

  3. RandyX
    September 21, 2021

    Excellency?? And what, may I ask, is so excellent about this man? He is Skerrits puppet on a string and if that makes him excellent… well I never know!

  4. Excellency Criminal
    September 21, 2021

    How sad . He was a very good man that helped Dominica immensely. RIP sir and deepest condolences to his family.
    It is so sad to some good people while so many evil ones, traitors and criminals against country continue to live and hold top positions. But I guess God giving them enough time to repent and enough time to see to it that they pay for their crime one way or the other.

  5. Ibrahim Brohim
    September 21, 2021

    Words hard to find with his passing. Rest in Peace cuz

  6. September 21, 2021

    Antoine was such a gentle and genuine individual, who has suffered a lot of grief in his life, losing two of his three children. In his fitter days I would join him at his court in Copthall for a game of squash and when visiting his shop would often stay for a few rounds of backgammon and a strong coffee. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Condolences to his family and close friends.

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