MAJOR ROGER EUDOXIE PASSES ON.....
Statement on the death of Major Roger Eudoxie, MVO, SLPM (Gold)
A LIFE OF DUTY
IT is with deep sadness that the Rank and File of the Saint Lucia Cadet Corps is mourning the death of Major Roger Eudoxie, MVO, SLPM, a former Commandant of the organization.
Major Eudoxie died in Miami, USA, last Friday, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.
After some close to 30 years of dedicated and loyal service to the Cadet Corps, Major Eudoxie officially retired from the movement on August 14, 1995, when he presided over the closing parade of the Annual Cadet Summer Camp on the grounds of the Police Training School. The occasion also marked the handing over of the banner of the St. Lucia Cadet Corps his then Deputy Commandant Major Curtis Glace, signifying the change in leadership of the organization.
Major Eudoxie joined the Corps in September 1965, as a student of St. Mary’s College, the origin of cadetting in St. Lucia. He moved up to all ranks within the movement – from Private to Major.
During his stint in the Corps, Major Eudoxie attended several overseas camps, including Barbados, Dominica and Canada, and was in charged of the Windward Islands Association of Cadet Corps’ contingent in St. Vincent in 1973. He also attended several cadet courses, including the Cadet Officers Indoctrination Course in London and Canada in 1972, as well as the Senior Officers Political Warfare Course in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China in 1987. He also represented the Corps at several Commandants’ Conferences, regionally and internationally.
Through his association with the Corps, Major Eudoxie has had some distinguishing affiliating with members of the British Royal Family, serving as Equerry to Princess Alexandra in 1979, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1985 and Prince Charles in 1989. He was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1985.
From 1973 to 1977, he served as Aide-de-Camp to former Governor General Sir Allen Lewis, and also had short stint with Sir Ira Simmons. In 1994, Major Eudoxie was awarded the St. Lucia Piton Medal (Gold) for outstanding service to the Cadet Corps and community. He also served as a Senator in the St. Lucia Parliament.
Major Eudoxie’s life exemplified his position of national duty with the sole objective being to help his fellow man, in particular Saint Lucia and its young people. He was not a man of fanfare but of quiet determination and though he may be best remembered for his links to the Cadet Corps, he was also a member of a number of service groups, the Lions Club of St. Lucia in particular, and was very active in the security sector, to which he formed his own company in Sentinel Security Company Limited. It is for this reason that his death is mourned not only by the Cadet Corps movement in Saint Lucia and the wider Caribbean, which he dedicated his life to so selflessly and steadfastly, but also by all Saint Lucians.
The Cadet Corps will remember Major Eudoxie for the following reasons:
· His positive role model as an officer and a gentleman.
· His role in helping to bring the Cadet movement to greater National prominence by serving as Aid-de-Camp to two outstanding Governor Generals.
· For his selflessness in given of his time and energy towards the development of the Saint Lucia Cadet Corps.
· Someone you could always seek advice from, and never refused to do so.
· For his determination in seeing the re-establishment of the Annual Caribbean Cadet Summer Exchange Camp.
· The establishment of the Caribbean Cadet Commandants’ Conference.
Even after his retirement from the Corps, Major Eudoxie was always there to help with the continued development of the movement through his advice, encouragement, leadership and constant availability.
The Commandant, Officers and Rank & File of the Saint Lucia Cadet Corps wish to extend their sincerest condolences to the family of the late Major Roger Eudoxie. His life’s work has ended, but his journey continues.
May his soul rest in peace.
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Major Roger Eudoxie
MVO, SLPM (Gold)
It is with a deep sense of sadness and loss that the Commandant, Officers and all ranks of the Barbados Cadet Corps notes the passing of an old friend, associate and brother Major Roger Eudoxie, MVO, SLPM (Gold), former commandant of the St Lucia cadet Force.
Our Condolences reach out to his family, loved ones and friends and to the St Lucia cadet Force at this sad time.