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UPDATE: Hundreds bid farewell to Chaim A. Todman

- Deceased remembered as audacious daredevil, yet compassionate and empathetic
Chaim A. Todman was remembered as being audacious and a daredevil, but was also seen as compassionate and empathetic by close relatives during his funeral service today, September 22, 2013 at the Road Town Seventh Day Adventist Church. Photo: VINO
In a ceremony that was attended by hundreds, Chaim was described by family members as having lived life to its fullest and was also remembered for having a passion for mechanics, even from his early childhood years, dismantling and repairing most objects he could put his hands on. Photo: VINO
In a ceremony that was attended by hundreds, Chaim was described by family members as having lived life to its fullest and was also remembered for having a passion for mechanics, even from his early childhood years, dismantling and repairing most objects he could put his hands on. Photo: VINO
Reports indicated that after 6:30pm on September 1, 2013, a 21-foot speed boat entitled ‘1-800-Collect’ was heading out of White Bay with the captain and passenger onboard when, for reasons unknown, both occupants were ejected from the vessel. Photo: Facebook
Reports indicated that after 6:30pm on September 1, 2013, a 21-foot speed boat entitled ‘1-800-Collect’ was heading out of White Bay with the captain and passenger onboard when, for reasons unknown, both occupants were ejected from the vessel. Photo: Facebook
Survivor of the accident, Mustafa Claxton, signs a memorial in Todman's honour. Photo: Facebook
Survivor of the accident, Mustafa Claxton, signs a memorial in Todman's honour. Photo: Facebook
Several persons signed a portrait memorial of Todman. Photo: Facebook
Several persons signed a portrait memorial of Todman. Photo: Facebook
Todman, 34, of Johnson's Ghut died following a boating accident near the sister isle of Jost Van Dyke. Photo: Facebook
Todman, 34, of Johnson's Ghut died following a boating accident near the sister isle of Jost Van Dyke. Photo: Facebook
Chaim A. Todman, who passed away on September 1, 2013 will be laid to rest today, September 22, 2013 following a funeral service at the Road Town Seventh Day Adventist Church. Photo: Facebook
Chaim A. Todman, who passed away on September 1, 2013 will be laid to rest today, September 22, 2013 following a funeral service at the Road Town Seventh Day Adventist Church. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chaim A. Todman was remembered as being audacious and a daredevil, but was also seen as compassionate and empathetic by close relatives during his funeral service today, September 22, 2013 at the Road Town Seventh Day Adventist Church.

In a ceremony that was attended by hundreds, Chaim was described by family members as having lived life to its fullest and was also remembered for having a passion for mechanics, even from his early childhood years, dismantling and repairing most objects he could put his hands on.

Chaim, 34, of Johnson’s Ghut, died on September 1, 2013 following a tragic boating incident near the sister isle of Jost Van Dyke. The accident left, Mustafa Claxton, the lone survivor of two passengers aboard the vessel. Claxton suffered injuries and was hospitalised briefly before being discharged.

“Sometimes [Chaim] almost gave me a heart attack,” his father, Jean ‘Gene’ Todman, told mourners at the Road Town Seventh Day Adventist Church.

“I saw him doing burnouts on the road and things like that and I would always talk to him all the time, but he liked doing what he liked best. He liked fast boats [and] he would always tell me, ‘I can make anything go fast’. I think Chaim could have built an engine if he had the material,” the senior Todman related.

He ended on a sobering note however, “I will say to all his friends and everyone, speed still kills.”

His younger brother, Jovon Jeremy Edwards, while remembering him as being a daredevil, also spoke about his doting qualities and his affection towards him as an older brother.

Chaim’s mother, Euna A. Browne-Todman, remembered his sense of humour, boldness and kind-hearted qualities, “[He] was the most outspoken, strong-willed and audacious child I have…” she said.

“He was compassionate and he was empathetic,” she revealed

Ministers of government, Dr The Hon. D. Orlando Smith, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton and Hon. Myron V. Walwyn were among the hundreds of mourners in attendance at the service.

Chaim is survived by his wife, Rickollette John-Todman; children Caysi E. Gomez, Chai’rick A. Todman, and Cameron A. Todman; parents; three siblings and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was interred at the Johnson’s Ghut cemetery. The Staff, Management and Board of Directors of Virgin Islands News Online wish to express sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased.

See previous story posted September 22, 2013:

Chaim A. Todman to be laid to rest today Sept. 22

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chaim A. Todman, who passed away on September 1, 2013 will be laid to rest today, September 22, 2013 following a funeral service at the Road Town Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Todman, 34, of Johnson's Ghut died following a boating accident near the sister isle of Jost Van Dyke.

The first viewing of the body took place yesterday, Saturday at Davis Funeral Home from 6-8PM while the second viewing will be on today from 9-10:30AM at the church and the funeral service will take place immediately after. Burial will take place at Johnson's Ghut cemetery.

Reports indicated that after 6:30pm on September 1, 2013, a 21-foot speed boat entitled ‘1-800-Collect’ was heading out of White Bay with the captain and passenger onboard when, for reasons unknown, both occupants were ejected from the vessel. Assistance was provided by boaters in the area to transport the two passengers to Road Town to seek medical attention.

Upon arrival at Peebles Hospital, Chaim Todman was unresponsive and was shortly after pronounced dead. The boat captain was in stable condition and received treatment at Peebles Hospital.

The speed boat sustained damage in the incident. Police are liaising with the family of the deceased while continuing investigations into the matter.

Chaim is survived by his wife, Rickollete John-Todman and child. Virgin Islands News Online expresses sincere condolences to the family of the deceased at this time.

33 Responses to “UPDATE: Hundreds bid farewell to Chaim A. Todman ”

  • long bush (19/09/2013, 19:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sad bring tears to my eyes
  • Lower Estate masses (19/09/2013, 19:50) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP son
  • street man (19/09/2013, 20:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for this VINO...so sad tears tears see you in heaven boss
  • life (19/09/2013, 23:46) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why wasn't his other son acknowledged. Yet we say we live in a christian society. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may God grant his loved one's comfort.
    • truth be told (20/09/2013, 10:32) Like (12) Dislike (128) Reply
      There's no love in a married man
      • life (20/09/2013, 14:32) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        It has everything to do with Christianity my dearest because this is how the radios initially announced it too. I doubt it's even the Administrator's fault. You must be a know-it-all. Get Chaim's name correct while you're at it.
    • @life (20/09/2013, 11:03) Like (2) Dislike (18) Reply
      Get a life. What this has to do with Christianity, it could have just been and over sight or something. You could have just advised administrator of the omission. You people just kill me. Guess a political comment will be next. SMH
      RIP Chiam
      • much love (20/09/2013, 23:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        ok, ok let this good youth RIP he has run the race and i know I will meet him in heaven one day
  • Water and Sewerage (20/09/2013, 06:48) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Heart broken but god knows best. RIP we love you chaim
  • ann (20/09/2013, 06:51) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to his mom Teacher Unna Todman,,, stay strong
  • Hmm (20/09/2013, 06:55) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    R.I.P Don!!! You will be missed!!!
  • big head (20/09/2013, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the family...R.I.P (Return If Possible) Toddy you will be greatly missed especially down in the yard your home away from home.. Toddy was a friendly, happy,loving, person who always bring joy to others...The crew will never be the same but they will hold it down for you and your kids.....(Death before Dishonor) stay strong boyz for sure u have a angel watching over you!!.......hurrican crew!
  • dd (20/09/2013, 10:32) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    just to read this is so hurtful
  • darky (21/09/2013, 13:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP my friend…god has taken another solider
  • remembrance (22/09/2013, 12:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What was even more hurtful, your death brought back the same as when your cuz Triston Todman died. Both of you were so young, friendly and had such a caring heart, RIP.
  • lower estate (22/09/2013, 14:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look people goodbye son sleep until that getting up morning!
  • son of the soil (22/09/2013, 15:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't know him personally, I've seen him around but I'd like to say condolences to his family and friends, I can't imagine what you are going through right now but trust in God, the pain of losing someone is never easy but just remember all the good times you had together while he was here on Earth. God Bless You all
  • vern (22/09/2013, 17:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what a sad event god bless his soul.
  • Janet Williams (22/09/2013, 17:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Such a moving service and I like what his father said about speed kills. May his soul rest in peace

  • vex (23/09/2013, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Peace to the family
  • I.F.G.B (23/09/2013, 08:43) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    Daredevil you say? Like the late great Peter Tosh said, "FOOLS DIE"
  • johnson ghut mother (23/09/2013, 09:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel it for this young man .you know why I have two sons too they are not and the sea but they are and the road driving and any thing can happen.we all not from here we just passing true.the lord givet and he taket may your soul rest in peace chaim .miss you
  • ppl (23/09/2013, 09:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I missed the funeral but heard it was huge I will pray for his family in this time of lost
  • facts of life (23/09/2013, 20:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    its always a sad thing when a mother and father has to bury a child
  • tola (24/09/2013, 08:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dog u gone but never will b forgotten
  • Judgment! (24/09/2013, 22:49) Like (3) Dislike (148) Reply
    Wrong man died!

    The grim reapa still watching yuh big man...
  • new level (26/09/2013, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families in this the most horrendous time in their lives


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