Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com; ads call 1-284-440-6666                               Tune into 90.9FM from 04 September until 12 October for the 2019 Caribbean Premier League: visit www.cbnvirginislands.com for more information: 1 284 340 3461

‘Farewell Shaheem H. A. Richards’

-Funeral held today for 16 year old cancer victim
Mother of Shaheem H. A. Richards, Scharmla Springette Richards, holds a portrait of him during the Thanksgiving service held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Hundreds converged at the Upper Room Victory Church in East End to pay final respects to 16-year-old Shaheem H. A. Richards today June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Hundreds converged at the Upper Room Victory Church in East End to pay final respects to 16-year-old Shaheem H. A. Richards today June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
The halls of the church were mostly filled with youths of Shaheem’s age, his community, school and other groups. Several members and other supporters of the BVI Cancer Society including its Chairperson Ms Gloria A. Fahie and family were present. June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
The halls of the church were mostly filled with youths of Shaheem’s age, his community, school and other groups. Several members and other supporters of the BVI Cancer Society including its Chairperson Ms Gloria A. Fahie and family were present. June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
Thanksgiving service for Shaheem H. A. Richards held at the Upper Room Victory Church, Little Dix Hill, East End, Tortola, June 21, 2014. Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI – While it is expected that someday, some time death will come, it is always very hard for loved ones to say farewell and move on, especially when a person dies in the prime of their youth.

This was the case for the parents of the late Shaheem H. A. Richards Mr and Mrs Henrique and Scharmla Springette Richards.

Today was the day when they were joined by hundreds who converged at the Upper Room Victory Church in East End to pay final respects.

The halls of the church were mostly filled with youths of Shaheem’s age, his community, school and other groupings. Several members and other supporters of the BVI Cancer Society including its Chairperson Ms Gloria A. Fahie and family were present. First and Eighth District Representatives Honourable Andrew A. Fahie and Hon Marlon A. Penn respectively were also present at the ceremony.

Shaheem’s story was told in the eulogy as his parents recounted his last years, “On September 17, 2012, at the age of fourteen Shaheem became ill and was diagnosed with leukemia. The hardest fight he ever fought began and he came out victorious on April 22, 2013. What great news to be told that Shaheem was in remission. He was excited and wanted to be a normal kid again. He jumped right back into his studies and did not miss a beat.”

“No one would have known that he missed eight months of school because he maintained a high grade point average. In the midst of being a normal kid on March 14, 2014, the dangerous disease came back. He was a fighter who fought a great fight because he wanted to be here today with his family and friends. Sadly he succumbed to the disease on June 7, 2014,” said the Eulogy.

It went on to say that he has left an everlasting mark. “We are confident that so he lived peacefully on Earth, he will live peacefully with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Heaven.”

Shaheem H. A. Richards’ final resting place is the Greenland Cemetery.

21 Responses to “‘Farewell Shaheem H. A. Richards’ ”

  • pat (21/06/2014, 15:15) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    tears tears tears
  • voter (21/06/2014, 15:58) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    Rest in peace my son. To the parents and extended family, rejoice for the fifteen short years he spend on this earth but be assured, God have better plans for him. On another note, I only see Hon. Penn and Hon. Fahie in the photos, where are the rest of the politicians, is it that they feel that this family do not have enough votes to give them.
    • resident (21/06/2014, 18:24) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yes they were. Hon Walwyn and Dr. Pickering were there and they all stayed for the duration of the funeral.
      • @ resident (22/06/2014, 07:22) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
        surprised one minister did not jump in front the carmera
        • To resident (22/06/2014, 11:21) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
          I did see them there. One thing I must say is that although I am not a fan of Fahie I must admitt that he supports so many things & functiins whether in or out of his First district which is unusal for a district candidate so it has to be that that is who he is a genuine person despite it all.
      • @resident (22/06/2014, 11:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Oh please. Only half of your statement is true which is the first part but for one of the ministers the second part isn't. We all know who that is who leaves every function premature.
      • Hmm (24/06/2014, 21:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        No they didn't hon.walwyn left
    • hm (23/06/2014, 13:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Voter on another hand u r a fool it is his district and he is there to support u ppl let every simple thing bother u , all the politicians don't need to be there u fool, two of them already there to support
    • Really!? (27/06/2014, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ voter...y u couldnt just stop at ur second sentence? there is a family mourning and u worrying about which politician there or not...struuuppess!! smh
  • bat man (21/06/2014, 16:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice pic vino
  • church goer (21/06/2014, 21:10) Like (7) Dislike (18) Reply
    CORA RESPECT HOUSE OF THE LORS, WHEN GOING TO FUNERALS THIS IS NOT THE CLUB HOUSE, RESPECT THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, NEXT TIME DRESS CODE FOR YOU
    • for real (23/06/2014, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      FOR REAL WORTHLESS PIECE A THING.THINK SHE BY THE CAR WASH SHE DON'T KNOW BETTER DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • rattie (22/06/2014, 15:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip but will never be forgotten
  • Dora (22/06/2014, 21:29) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    What u had need to be doing @churchgeor is studying how to spell!! -_______- ........And plzzzzz do me the fav and tell it to me in my face!! -______- ........As if my dressing was bad strupesssss!! -_- ............gurl bye!! -_-
  • East End police (23/06/2014, 16:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    With deeply sympathy, the officers of East End Police Station share in your lost. A young man full of life has fallen to this disease. We join with you and we also proudly wear orange to fight Leukemia and all other cancers. May his soul rest in peace.
  • Dora (23/06/2014, 18:02) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    So its obvious that i have some highly upset secretive HATERZ!! -_______- ............Seems like they wanted me to wear long frock to a hot church!! -_____- .........And btw FYI whenever ur wearing a stretchy skirt, it tends to ride up duhhhhh!! -_____- ........So in dis pic it might look a bit to short but in reality it was good length!! -_____- .........So shout out to @churchgeor and @forreal for pointing out my "so call" faults in a funeral service and that wasnt even the topic sigh!! SMFH!! -______- .......Like really?? was that call for??........If u guys was woman or man enough ur coulda just tell it to me in my face!! -_____- ........But den again ur might be to much of a punk to do that huh?? ........#I AIN MAD AT YA!! -_______- .........#IM STILL WAITING THOU!! -______-
  • Tearful (23/06/2014, 23:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    My heart goes out to the family. I did not know Shaheim but I know what it is like to loose a loved one to that dreadful disease. The only that got me through it was knowing that my loved one was no longer in pain. My prayers continue to be with you. Be faithful and of good courage.
  • hmmmmmm (24/06/2014, 02:16) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    These negative comments on how the young lady dress this a funeral God dont honour garment is the heart kora try ignore the haters behind phone or computer
  • Long Look Resident (24/06/2014, 11:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    You bloggers really infiltrate this sad event with political satire? OMG nothing is sacred.
  • Kira (03/01/2015, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip sogga we going meet again someday boo.tears still running out of my eyes sogga u going always be in the center of my heart.to his family I give u my condolences


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.