Musical director of the Southernaires Choir Joy Caesar was remembered an amazing woman who dedicated her life to culture, community and family.
Glowing tributes in honour of her accomplishments and the caring and the humble individual she was, flowed during her funeral service at St Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church in La Romaine today.
Caesar’ nephew Nigel Caesar eulogised his aunt as the ultimate event planner, excellent project planner and true states woman.
Noting that she excelled in all aspects of her life, he said in 1994 she shattered the proverbial glass ceiling to become the first woman to be appointed vice president of Citi Group T&T Ltd. After 32 years service she retired in 2002 and was later awarded the Citi Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Involvement.
“One wonders how she was able to find time to serve the community, lead a top international bank, direct an award-winning Souternaires group, be so involved in the church and charity work and still make herself available at any time to assist and lend guidance and support to a friend or family member.”
He likened her to the Olivia Pope in the television series Scandal as she was the person everyone would go to for advice or help in all matters. Always the life of the party, he said Caesar also ensured that she was always in the latest styles and trends.
A recipient of the Chaconia Medal Gold for community service, he said Caesar’s musical career that spanned over five decades also earned her numerous awards.
Noting that their friendship spanned over 40 years, San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello recalled that they served together on several cultural committees and State boards, as well as her choir and his Skiffle Bunch Steelband shared many a stage.
Caesar, 75, who died on October 10 was laid to rest at Paradise Pasture Cemetery.