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UPDATE: Hundreds bid final farewell to ‘Uncle Pouie’

- Jenaro A. Callwood remembered as a humble, witty and caring soul
Hundreds of persons flocked to the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church today June 29, 2013 give their last respects to the well loved Cane Garden Bay businessman, Jenaro Antonio Callwood aka Uncle Pouie. Photo: VINO
Inside at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church at the funeral of Uncle Pouie. Photo: VINO
Inside at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church at the funeral of Uncle Pouie. Photo: VINO
Jenaro A. Callwood aka Uncle Pouie was born on January 6, 1946 and died on June 15, 2013. Photo: VINO
Jenaro A. Callwood aka Uncle Pouie was born on January 6, 1946 and died on June 15, 2013. Photo: VINO
Relatives viewing the body of Uncle Pouie. Photo: VINO
Relatives viewing the body of Uncle Pouie. Photo: VINO
Enriquito Rhymer (left) did the honour of reading the Eulogy at the funeral of Uncle Pouie. Photo: VINO
Enriquito Rhymer (left) did the honour of reading the Eulogy at the funeral of Uncle Pouie. Photo: VINO
Tributes being paid to the late Jenaro A. Callwood aka Uncle Pouie
Tributes being paid to the late Jenaro A. Callwood aka Uncle Pouie
Uncle Pouie was regarded as a family oriented individual. Photo: VINO
Uncle Pouie was regarded as a family oriented individual. Photo: VINO
Jenaro A. Callwood will best be remembered for his kindness according to relatives. Photo: VINO
Jenaro A. Callwood will best be remembered for his kindness according to relatives. Photo: VINO
Above: The restaurant he left behind. Photo: VINO
Above: The restaurant he left behind. Photo: VINO
The family's distillery where Callwood once worked. Photo: VINO
The family's distillery where Callwood once worked. Photo: VINO
The restaurant and bar as it looked many years ago. Photo: VINO
The restaurant and bar as it looked many years ago. Photo: VINO
Uncle Pouie's favourite spot at his restaurant. Photo: VINO
Uncle Pouie's favourite spot at his restaurant. Photo: VINO
A hand made lampshade, one of Callwood's many creations at his restaurant. Photo: VINO
A hand made lampshade, one of Callwood's many creations at his restaurant. Photo: VINO
The proposed burial site for Jenaro A. Callwood at his family's Arundel Estate property in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
The proposed burial site for Jenaro A. Callwood at his family's Arundel Estate property in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- Some of the sadness that comes with saying final farewell to a loved one was lifted somewhat with the reflection on the life of Jenaro A. Callwood aka Uncle Pouie, who was remembered as jovial, witty, caring, humble and dedicated to family.

The popular businessman and owner of ‘The Callwood Restaurant’ formerly known as ‘Da Wedding’ was laid to rest following viewing and service at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church today June 29, 2013. Uncle Pouie died suddenly on June 15, 2013 at the age of 67.

“Pouie was a humble man who enjoyed the simple things in life like breathing in the fresh air of the ocean breeze. After all, he spent his spare time cooling out with his famous binoculars on the deck of his restaurant ‘De Wedding’ later called ‘The Callwood Restaurant’ which he built with his own hands. Pouie was a devoted family man and was loved by his family near and abroad with his witty and jovial personality. There was never a dull moment in his life and he enjoyed sharing old time jokes with his family,” owner of Quito’s, Enriquito Rhymer told the hundreds of persons in attendance during the reading of the Eulogy.

Pouie was a man of many talents but fishing topped the list. He will be remembered as the “fisherman” of Cane Garden Bay, as from a very tender age he left the family business where he worked together with his father in the rum factory to venture out into the deep seas. Along with his love for fishing, Pouie was skilled in building his very own fish pots, and mending his seines, the Eulogy also stated.

“Many people here today can attest to being on the receiving end of his acts of kindness, as he was the “have a drink on me kind of person”. He believed in the goodness of all and everything he did and hoped for were all for the betterment of his family, simply by ensuring that his family was well taken care of, shared love together and was never motivated by riches,” Mr Rhymer read.

Uncle Pouie leaves behind his sons Ellis and Dwight Jenaro Callwood; daughters Antonia Sulin Evans, Janna Harrigan and Dawn Callwood; brothers Richard, Elroy Henley, Charles and Michael Callwood; sisters Mabel Richardson, Daisy Callwood, Carmen Parillon and Janice Henderson; eighteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many others.

His son Dwight wrote “You were the perfect example of what it means to be a great man, father, grandfather, and overall role model. To a man that has always placed his family and even others before himself, like a genuine man should, you will be forever missed.” Dwight also described his father as loving, caring and unselfish. “…and the day comes when I have to leave, he would always tell me don’t worry son, I will be alright, now he is at rest…”

Kaheem, one of Uncle Pouie’s grandsons, said “I miss going fishing with you. We used to joke a lot and dance down by the restaurant. You used to hold us down and rub our forehead with your knuckles and say it smelled like fowl poop! I will miss all those fun times. I love you, I will always love you.”

Kaheem’s brother Kadeem wrote, “I will miss helping you in the restaurant. Because of you I love to cook…We were your monkeys as you would call us…The house is so quiet without you.”

The Smiths of Glasgow, Scotland wrote “very sad to hear of Pouie’s death, hard to imagine the Bay without him either cooking or ‘Gone Fishin’. We only knew him on holiday visits, either eating his delicious fish or dropping in for a chat. A nice man and a complete gentleman always.”

Uncle Pouie was laid to rest at the family’s Arundel Estate property in Cane Garden Bay.

See previous article posted on June 23, 2013

'Uncle Pouie' will be remembered for service to community - relatives

- Prominent local Cane Garden Bay businessman Jenaro A. Callwood passed away suddenly on June 15, 2013

Jenaro Antonio Callwood aka Uncle Pouie passed away suddenly on June 15, 2013 leaving grief stricken relatives and an impressive legacy behind. He was sixty-seven (67) years at the time of his death.

Speaking with several of his relatives, it was evident that Callwood had a very personable and quite humanistic nature about him. “He fed many persons in Cane Garden Bay,” one of his daughters said in a matter of fact tone.

Relatives said that Callwood appeared unwell while at the Restaurant with his son on the day of his death and an ambulance was summoned to take him to the Peebles Hospital where he passed away later in the evening. Relatives said there was nothing suspicious about his death.

Callwood was at various times a distiller, fisherman, gardener, shopkeeper and restaurant owner, and made a deep impact within his community as someone who gave much of himself to his fellow man.

“If you lived in Cane Garden Bay and your child was around and he knew that you weren’t there, he would feed your child… everybody in Cane Garden Bay called him uncle Pouie,” his daughter said, “they didn’t have to be related”.

It was said that he took care of everybody and their children, especially if he knew the family was having a hard time. He often brought fish to the homes of various members of the community.

When asked what he was best remembered for, kindness was the word that poured from everyone’s lips. Stories were related of him giving away groceries.

According to one of his nieces, persons often came into his restaurant and left with free meals or drinks, “people came there and ate and he didn’t charge them, that was his personality,” she said.

He was also an avid sailor as well and was remembered by his two daughters for having sailed at least two of his boats all the way from New York and Massachusetts in the United States.

After working for some years as a fisherman and also with his family’s distillery, Callwood’s Distillery, he ventured to open a beach front bar and restaurant in Cane Garden Bay in 1982, just at the foot of the Ballast Bay hill. It became popular with both locals and tourists immediately. According to relatives, local band the Lashing Dogs, reportedly started by playing at Callwood’s restaurant which was also famous for its fish fry events.

Hurricane Hugo in 1989 briefly destroyed the restaurant before it was quickly rebuilt by Callwood. He took great pains to ensure that the restaurant, in keeping with a type of “under the sea” theme possessed several elements reminiscent of the ocean, including many which were hand made by the owner himself. There were calabash carved lampshades, conch shells, wood carvings and similar items that decorated the restaurant.

His sudden passing was a surprise to his relatives and though the family continues to await autopsy results, preliminary reports indicate that his death may have been as a result of an aneurism. Family members said there were no signs of illness before his sudden passing.

Callwood’s funeral is expected to be held at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church on Saturday, June 29, 2013 followed by interment at the family’s Arundel Estate property nearby. He is survived by his five children, eight siblings and numerous other relatives and friends.

23 Responses to “UPDATE: Hundreds bid final farewell to ‘Uncle Pouie’”

  • cgb (23/06/2013, 09:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh No RIP Uncle Pouie
    • friend from carrot bay (23/06/2013, 12:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      gone but not forgotten your legacy will live on...see you on the other side
  • bay yute (23/06/2013, 11:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a kind man…RIP will be miss
    • Also livin with luv (23/06/2013, 20:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thanks for carrying this VINO I just learn about this on Friday, so sad. He helped everyone he came in contract with. May god bless his soul….to his children stay strong.
    • Sam (24/06/2013, 05:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Goodbye ole bouy
  • Janet Williams (23/06/2013, 12:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    my sincere sympathies to all of his immediate family..he was a good man
  • Rip uncle puie (23/06/2013, 12:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only The Lord Knows How Much We Miss You , You Will Surely Not Be Forgetten . R.I.P . :(
  • jvd passie (23/06/2013, 13:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    condolence to the cane garden bay callwood family, from all your JVD Callwood family
    This one came at a time when we didnt expect we ar hutt
    Greg
  • Keitos (24/06/2013, 02:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't forget boatbuilding and boat racing. He built his own boats and raced them during the times when cane garden bay had boat races on August Thursday. One of the boats I remember was the "Hippy Girl". He also had a good singing voice which he displayed when caroling round Christmas time. I remember him being a jack of all trades, being able to do a little bit of everything. It seems that he was one of those rare people who could do almost anything they put their mind to. He will be remembered by the community. May he RIP.
  • Axle (24/06/2013, 09:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pouie my friend I dropped in occasionally just to sit and chat with you always meet you sitting in your favorite spot at the restaurant. We always talked about life experiences and would sit and take turns looking out at sea through your favorite binoculars checking out the various schools of fish and now and then a good looking chick walking on the beach would pop into view and we would say "Well that's a good looking fish" and we would have a hearty laugh. I will indeed miss you so will all the people who lives you have touched throughout the years. Rest In Peace my good friend; blessed journey.
  • jvd. entertainer. (24/06/2013, 12:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    well cuzz, I guess I cant say I feel that much sorry for you like like all the rest of the friends and family, and that's because I know this mean old crooked world could never be our home. we are just passing through, and on to a much much better place.so in a way am happy to know that your work is done and your vacation has now begon.stright into the arms of your wonderful maker where you truly belong.i will see you on the other side cuzz. your boy from jost. dean,
  • The Smiths of Glasgow, Scotland (24/06/2013, 12:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very sad to hear of Pouie's death, hard to imagine the Bay without him either cooking or "Gone Fishin'"
    We only knew him on holiday visits, either eating his delicious fish or just dropping in for a chat.
    A nice man and a complete gentleman always. And, we like to think, our friend.
    "Axle" is spot on - we can add that he liked the girls from the Italian ships best.
    Thinking of his children and grandchildren, hoping our sympathy helps them.
  • FEEBLES (24/06/2013, 22:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Condolence to my Cane Garden Bay family....R.I.P. Pouie Sweet Chariot Coming to take you home.
  • caribgirl (25/06/2013, 10:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was a sweet man. All my love to his family.
  • sparkily (25/06/2013, 10:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    our deepest sympathies to the family and all of CGB. Pouie will be sorely missed. He was everyones anchor at the end of the beach. Always had time to smile and chat. Back in the day, wed. night fish fry with lashing dogs was the place to be. Pouie would put on his dancing shoes and everyone stood in line to be his partner:)
    Fish fry buffets could not be matched and the best fish sandwiches in CGB to date. I will always picture him in the stern of his skiff driving in circles while the nets were put out. He was quiet gentle man, with a heart of gold.
    His legacy will carry on, rest in peace dear friend.
  • yellow (29/06/2013, 16:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    rip dear brother
  • foxy (29/06/2013, 18:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a good send off for a great man see you in the getting up morning!
  • White boy/Shinehead (29/06/2013, 19:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bye Pouie,you were a cool mon ,fun seeing you and chatting,hanging out at your restaurant.good memories,later,you were even by my place "Trellis Kitchen" not long ago,
    Jeremy from Trellis Bay
  • Guest (30/06/2013, 04:25) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    May he Rest In His Everlasting Arms. The funeral booklet is quite unique and lovely. He must have been a very jovial person as his personality shows through the photos. May his memories live on in the hearts of his loved ones.
  • Gail (04/07/2013, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My dear friend, I'm so thankful I got to see you in April. Didn't we have fun reminiscing! I hope the sunglasses worked. Until we meet again.
  • Judy (05/07/2013, 04:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I loved visiting with you this Spring,
    dearest friend. And I will miss your
    presence and happy face whenever
    I visit Tortola. Loved those fish frys
    and the "Battle of the DJs"at Da Wedding. Thank you for your great
    example on earth. Carry on!




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