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Relatives & friends say goodbye to Collin V. Maynard

The life of well-loved and affable taxi driver Collin Valentine Maynard was celebrated by his loved ones, friends and acquaintances at a home-going ceremony held at the New Testament Church of God Worship Centre in Baugher’s Bay, Tortola, today March 21, 2015. Photo: Provided
Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) viewing the body of Collin V. Maynard. Photo: VINO
Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) viewing the body of Collin V. Maynard. Photo: VINO
Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) consoles Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard during the service. Photo: VINO
Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) consoles Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard during the service. Photo: VINO
Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard being consoled by Eighth District representative Marlon A. Penn. Photo: VINO
Mrs Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard being consoled by Eighth District representative Marlon A. Penn. Photo: VINO
The casket bearing the earthly remains of Collin V. Maynard almost covered in floral tributes. Photo: VINO
The casket bearing the earthly remains of Collin V. Maynard almost covered in floral tributes. Photo: VINO
A section of the congregation earlier during the ceremony. Photo: VINO
A section of the congregation earlier during the ceremony. Photo: VINO
Taxi drivers pay tribute to their fallen colleague Collin V. Maynard in song. Photo: VINO
Taxi drivers pay tribute to their fallen colleague Collin V. Maynard in song. Photo: VINO
President of the Virgin Islands Party Carvin Malone consoles son of Collin V. Maynard, Kadeem Maynard. Photo: VINO
President of the Virgin Islands Party Carvin Malone consoles son of Collin V. Maynard, Kadeem Maynard. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith seated with his wife Mrs Lorna G. Smith and PEP Chairman Hon J. Alvin Christopher. VIP Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) is in second row. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith seated with his wife Mrs Lorna G. Smith and PEP Chairman Hon J. Alvin Christopher. VIP Chairman Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) is in second row. Photo: VINO
Government members of the House of Assembly. From left to right are Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn and Eighth District Representative Hon Marlon A. Penn. Photo: VINO
Government members of the House of Assembly. From left to right are Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn and Eighth District Representative Hon Marlon A. Penn. Photo: VINO
Members of the Maynard family. Photo: VINO
Members of the Maynard family. Photo: VINO
The Maynard family at the home-going service. Photo: VINO
The Maynard family at the home-going service. Photo: VINO
BAUGHER’S BAY, Tortola, VI – The life of prominent taxi driver Collin Valentine Maynard was celebrated by his loved ones, friends and acquaintances at a home-going ceremony held at the New Testament Church of God Worship Centre in Baugher’s Bay, Tortola, today March 21, 2015.

Maynard departed these earthly shores on March 9, 2015 following a period of hospitalisation at Peebles Hospital.

Today as scores of persons turned out to bid farewell to a man loved by so many, the tributes poured in overwhelmingly from family friends and well-wishers.

Tributes

Gracing the pew to say farewell were Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), Chairman of the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) Honourable J. Alvin Christopher (R2), Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) and Representative for the Eighth District Honourable Marlon A. Penn.

Maynard is survived by his wife and former Labour Commissoner Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard, sons Kadeem Maynard, Klaudius Maynard, Travis Rogers, Malvern Rogers Byron Donovan, Kirk Feilleteau and Rhon Rubaine and daughters Karisma Maynard and Charlene Warner.

He is also survived by several other relatives including brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, cousins and grandchildren.

As relatives and friends poured into the church, their was much wailing as persons could no longer contain their grief.

Eulogy

The eulogy, given by his wife, said that Collin Valentine Maynard, called ‘Star’, was born on July 19, 1955 to parents Rosetta Maynard and William Peets in the country of St Christopher and Nevis. It said that he attended the Basseterre High School but had to quit at an early age to help his mother take care of the family.

He worked at a sugar factory in his home country before deciding to migrate to make life better for himself. He went to St Martin and St Thomas, US Virgin Islands and eventually Tortola in the Virgin Islands where he met the woman he later married – Oleanvine Pickering.

“Collin lived a happy life on Tortola. He worked at Hertz Car Rental at the Beef Island Airport before eventually branching off to set up his own business – Collin’s Taxi Service. Collin loved the job. He loved meeting people and telling them about our beautiful islands and their people. He provided special services to Dream Yacht Charters and Sugar Mill Hotel which he made a part of his family,” said Mrs Pickering-Maynard.

“Collin made many friends. People knew him as a jovial, fun loving person who assisted anyone whom he came into contact with while performing his duties. On his return home in the evening, he enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and watching Family Feud for relaxation,” she said.

'Collin loved the Lord'

“Collin loved the Lord and I know that He heard his cry on the day he departed this life on March 19, 2015. I remember our last conversation on the 8th when I was leaving the hospital and he called me back and said ‘Ulla tell my children that I love them, also Karissa (his grandchild) kiss her for me and take her home’. I told him that we loved him too and to trust God and never forget to pray. He answered, “You know I am always praying.”

She concluded, “I hold fast to the belief that God has heard his cry and forgave him of his sins. Collin departed this life suddenly. It has left us in disbelief but the Almighty knows best. Rest in Peace Collin Maynard. You will never be forgotten by your wife and children. You will always remain in our hearts forever.”

Following the home-going service, the procession went to the Greenland Cemetery in East End where the body of Collin V. Maynard was laid to rest.

See our earlier stories on Collin V. Maynard here:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/update-prominent-taxi-driver-collin-v-maynard-passes

18 Responses to “Relatives & friends say goodbye to Collin V. Maynard”

  • TALK THAT (21/03/2015, 15:16) Like (11) Dislike (23) Reply
    i donot no see Kedrick...tings dat maek you go Hummmmm
    • psyco (21/03/2015, 18:14) Like (23) Dislike (8) Reply
      Its miserable people like you make the earth want to puke. This is a sad occasion, people are mourning and you want to turn it into a political issue. The minister being there or not being there isn't going to bring any less grief and it wouldn't change anything. BVI is the only place where funerals cannot be a private matter where families can grieve in peace without politicians taking the front seat at the service. Get a life and try to be more positive.
    • to talk that (22/03/2015, 00:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fyi he is away
    • long look (22/03/2015, 21:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

      People like you is real trouble and dont need to be around. Where you think he will be? You trouble make, think once and stop u bull crap/"£$%^.

  • Yes (21/03/2015, 15:21) Like (8) Dislike (21) Reply
    Stay strong Oleanvine we need you in good health to put some licks on Mr. Done deal!
    • the full picture (22/03/2015, 14:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok ok ease up on the politics bossie
    • Renee (22/03/2015, 21:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ LOL..You are an idiot! No respect for the grieving family. You used the name LOL, I see nothing to laugh about IDIOT!
  • Fam (21/03/2015, 15:45) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sleep until we meet again brother
  • Me Me (21/03/2015, 17:46) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    A man well love no matter what.Rip you will be missed by many
  • Pearl (21/03/2015, 20:17) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    I have notice for years these ministers past and present always in front row seat when they attend funerals believe me they there to campaign this was the perfect to embarrass some of them I have reason for saying that.
    • witness (21/03/2015, 22:25) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      They cant pull the rank at a Jehovah Witness funeral though. In that pen, politicians like everybody else. Just find a seat
    • What is wrong with you? (22/03/2015, 13:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hello, they are usually seated by ushers of the church. They rarely seat themselves. What is wrong with you?
  • dd (21/03/2015, 20:53) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good send off
  • Taxi Man (22/03/2015, 00:09) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    He will be missed
  • Biggs (22/03/2015, 11:58) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Boy blacker you dont look handsome crying lol more money for them girls
  • NY (22/03/2015, 16:06) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of the people who lives in the bvi take every thing for a joke even a funeral u all really don't no when to let people mourn and let the dead rest in peace it do not matter what happen when the person was alive please let him rest in peace tomorrow might be u or some one in ur family
  • So sad (23/03/2015, 23:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Maynard, children, grans and other member of the family. Hold fast to your faith, God is faithful to comfort you in your time of grief.


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