The man described by many as a stalwart in the credit union movement, Kenneth Richards, was laid to rest at the Roseau Catholic cemetery after a funeral mass at the St. Alphonsus Catholic church.
Richards died last weekend at his home in Goodwill.
He became active in credit union work in 1956 and between then and 1975, he served in various capacities in the St. Alphonsus Credit Union (now the Central Co-operative Credit Union) and Dominica Co-operative Credit Union League. Richards also served as a Director at the West Indies Conference of Credit Societies (WICCS) a regional credit union which preceded the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU). Richards was awarded the Commonwealth of Dominica second highest award the Sisserou Award of Honour in 1983 in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Credit Union Movement in Dominica.
In his homily, main celebrant, Fr. Eustace Thomas, called the late Richards a ” spiritual guy who had a passion for his work. ”
According to Fr. Thomas, the fact that Richards prepared his funeral program means that he was “ready and prepared” and had no fear of death.
“When he opposed he was tough but when he sided he was crystal clear, ” Fr Thomas said.
He called on the faithful to follow in the footsteps of Richards by making time for God.
General manager of the Caribbean confederation of credit unions ( CCCU ) Ralph Wharton, President Charles Savarin, former President Eluid Williams and his wife along with past and present credit union staff and volunteers, attended the funeral mass which was concelebrated by 3 priests.