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First President of Abilene Wildcats dies at 97

First President of Abilene Wildcats of Arima, Dies at 97 years, Ray Watkins. Today is a day for remembering with honor and love, Raymond “Ray” Watkins. Not many people outside the Municipality of Arima ever knew our Ray. The Trinidad & Tobago was too busy with schemes and scandals to notice the hidden treasure we […]

First President of Abilene Wildcats of Arima, Dies at 97 years, Ray Watkins.

Today is a day for remembering with honor and love, Raymond “Ray” Watkins. Not many people outside the Municipality of Arima ever knew our Ray.

The Trinidad & Tobago was too busy with schemes and scandals to notice the hidden treasure we had among us.

Even in this community, not many people knew it was Abilene President Ray Watkins, Abilene Team Doctor, Dr Eugene Laurent, Roderick Reese Manager/Coach of Arima Valiant Cycle Club and Dr Cliff Bertrand Founder of Abilene who stimulated the thought process of the then leaders of the Arima Borough Council to give the Velodrome and Running Track space in the Santa Rosa Savanah.

Ray Watkin and his team pleaded with the Mayor Percy Caesar and pressed the council members until they agreed to build the velodrome, Athletic Track, and by extension created the space for Netball, Tennis, Football and Basketball. They also gained the blessings of Dr.Eric Eustace Williams Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, “ Father of our Nation” Who went on to break the ground for construction of the facilities.

Ray Watkins: The scout master, Leader of the people!

The Volunteer leader for youths in Arima.

He  promoted the mission of preparing  Scouts, and Venturers to make ethical and moral choices during their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath.

His Visualization for members of Abilene Wildcats of the Borough Arima was the will to prepare every eligible youth in Arima to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader to be  guided by the Scout Oath .

Raymond”Ray” Watkins wanted members of the Abilene Wildcats Athletic Club to embrace a culture of servant leadership, with a view to success for all. To be prepared to become the best leader he or she can be.

This concept Ray lived long enough to experience. Abilene Wildcats Athletic Club of Arima sent over 30 athletes to the Olympic Games and they brought home a Bronze Medal in the process.

Ray experience the celebration of these achievements .He was fortunate to live the experience as his kids embraced the opportunities when they pushed themselves beyond their existing  “limits”  for T&T, Arima .

Rays’ foundation work was realized during his lifetime!

Rays’ energy was phenomenal! He loved life, his mission accomplished. However he understood his mission, he had given his all; and now he was making the supreme gift of his life.

It would be great if we could die with the assurance that we had carried out our mission. That we are leaving no unfinished business behind.

So let us not mourn for ray; rather, let us mourn for ourselves who are without him, still living in our own tents.

Do not grudge Ray his rest. Ray has not left us, but has gone on before. Rays’ final ride drove him passed the school where children strove at recess in the ring, he passed the fields of gazing grain, and he passed the setting sun as his carriage held but just himself and immortality.

His legacy: Laurie, Tony, Deceased Patsy, his wife, The Arima he loved, The teacher, The Director of the Youth camp, The Scoutmaster, The president of Abilene Wildcats Athletic Club.

His Assignment is over!

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