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UPDATE: Mourners gather in celebration of life of 'Miss Tensie'

- She was the mother of National hero Mrs. Patsy Lake
A service for the celebration of life for Mrs Otencia Fahie-Warren aka Ms Tensie was held earlier today, October 27, 2012. Photo: VINO
Prominent businesswoman Otencia Fahie-Warren, affectionately known as 'Miss Tensie', passed away on October 17, 2012 at the age of 92. She was the mother of national hero and businesswoman Mrs Patsy Lake. Miss Tensie, a long time Road Town businesswoman, was born on January 30, 1920. She will be laid to rest today October 27, 2012. Photo: Team of Reporters
Prominent businesswoman Otencia Fahie-Warren, affectionately known as 'Miss Tensie', passed away on October 17, 2012 at the age of 92. She was the mother of national hero and businesswoman Mrs Patsy Lake. Miss Tensie, a long time Road Town businesswoman, was born on January 30, 1920. She will be laid to rest today October 27, 2012. Photo: Team of Reporters
Sections of the funeral service booklet for Mrs Otencia Fahie-Warren aka Ms Tensie. Photo: VINO
Sections of the funeral service booklet for Mrs Otencia Fahie-Warren aka Ms Tensie. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons that gathered to pay their last respects to Mrs Otencia Fahie-Warren aka Ms Tensie (her daughter, Ms Patsy Lake, is in front row at extreme right). Photo: VINO
Some of the persons that gathered to pay their last respects to Mrs Otencia Fahie-Warren aka Ms Tensie (her daughter, Ms Patsy Lake, is in front row at extreme right). Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Family members, friends and other persons gathered earlier today, October 27, 2012 at the Road Town Methodist Church to celebrate the life of Otencia Fahie-Warren affectionately known as Ms Tensie.

The late Mrs Otencia Fahie-Warren, the mother of National hero Mrs Patsy Lake, passed away on October 17, 2012 at the age of 92. 

Among those that turned up for the funeral were Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Former Premier and Leader of the Opposition Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, First District Representative and Opposition Member Hon. Andrew A. Fahie as well as Second District Representative and Opposition Member Hon. J. Alvin Christopher. 

Hon. O’Neal in his tribute said she took great pleasure in seeing her daughter Patsy develop in the musical field and it was one of her many joys to see her playing as Organist in the Road Town Methodist Church on the big pipe organ, and later as an entrepreneur and successful businesswoman. 

Tributes also came from Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald as well as members of Mrs Fahie-Warren’s family. 

Viewing of the body took place from 9:30am to 10:30am at the church and interment will be at the Road Town Methodist Church cemetery in Long Bush. 

Miss Tensie was a prominent Virgin Islands’ businesswoman and one of the first merchants doing business in Road Town. 

Her ailing health had taken a turn for the worse at her home on October 17, 2012 and she was later pronounced dead at Peebles Hospital. 

She is survived by four children; Junio Todman, Patsy Lake, Maxim Fahie-Titley and Condon Cochran. 

Her daughter, Mrs Patsy Lake, is regarded as a national hero as a member of the activist group- the Positive Action Movement that protested the long term lease of Wickhams Cay on the main Island of Tortola and large portions of Anegada to British Developer Bates Hill, a move that could have changed the history of the Virgin Islands. 

Mrs Lake stood with Pioneer Noel Lloyd in the struggle and opposition by residents to the Bates Hill Agreement, which would have prevented locals from accessing the Wickhams Cay area of Road Town except for jobs as servants. 

Mrs Lake's name is on a plaque at the now Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park located in the centre of Road Town, regarded as the Virgin Islands’ capital city.  She followed her late mother as a businesswoman and owns many landmarks in Road Town. 

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online offer our sincere condolences to the family of the late Otencia Fahie-Warren aka Miss Tensie.

22 Responses to “UPDATE: Mourners gather in celebration of life of 'Miss Tensie'”

  • pat (17/10/2012, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow RIP
    • family friend (17/10/2012, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      RIP Ms. Tensie you are gone but will never be forgotten see you on that great resurrection morning sleep dear sleep on
  • Tootie (17/10/2012, 21:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I remember Ms. Tensie growing up as a little girl being in the store next to Blossoms and that voice I can still hear, always pleasant and distinct. My condolences to the family of Ms. Tensie. May she rest peacefully.
  • qc (17/10/2012, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No matter what the age of the parent or how the death occurred, the pain for the surviving adult children can be devastating..Ms lake stay strong both you and the rest
  • well wisher (17/10/2012, 23:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is sad but she lived a full life..she was such a kind and generous lady
  • ccc (18/10/2012, 07:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sorry to hear I wish the family god's blessings
  • Slick (18/10/2012, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP Ms. Tensie, on behalf of the Willia,s and Harrigan family we send our condolences. I had the honor of meeting Ms. Tensie when I moved here 5 years ago afer I got married and she was always sharp and witty. Always had some handsome talk for you and she was SLICK with her words HA. Overall just a beautiful woman inside and out always with a smile. Heart felt condolences go out to Ms. Lake, Alex and susan, Ms. Tensie lived a long good life and she passed a GREAT woman that is something to EMULATE. Gone but I'm sure never forgotten RIP Ms. Tensie.
  • history (18/10/2012, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Tensie was such a sweet lady one of the original business women of the BVI women power..god bless her
  • up town (18/10/2012, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good to soon RIP
  • teacher john (18/10/2012, 14:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Miss Fahie known as Miss Tensie is also a hero. Because could you imagine in the 70s being a female and starting a business..she is indeed a hero and must be given the Kudos necessary!
  • Joe Joe (19/10/2012, 15:25) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    sleep on Miss Tensie and Ms. Lake will be blessed for how she took care of you down to the end
  • henry (19/10/2012, 23:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    as someone who recently loss a mother I know the pain one experience especially, the days immediately after. I pray for all the children that the great Jehovah will be your guiding light in this your time of bereavement
  • charlie (21/10/2012, 12:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    to the family of Mrs. Fahie-Warren I trust the god will give you the strength to carry on...you will see your mother, and grandmother again if you believe
  • man down (22/10/2012, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for that funeral info VINO
  • Jan (27/10/2012, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good by dear friend
  • ------------------ (27/10/2012, 15:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a beautiful send off
  • She Was Dear (27/10/2012, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms Tensie, you were a very good person to me fromt the time I was a child until I became a mother. Thank you for giving me a start in life at a very young age. You taught me about sales and customer care. Many would say what they wanted about you but I respected and cheerished my time around you. You made i have to a grand age like I always told you just eight yrs shy to that 100 and you looked well chin up and pat on that chin you dont want it to fall. May your hunmble soul rest in peace, tell daddy hello for me when you guys meet up there.
    DRM
  • ccc (28/10/2012, 12:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i love the floral decoration very sophisticated..RIP Ms. T


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