[Final Flights] Colin Mayers - 6 April, 2018

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[Final Flights] Colin Mayers - 6 April, 2018

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Barbados’ Consul General to Miami dies suddenly
Emmanuel Joseph
April 6, 2018

Barbadians at home and in the Diaspora are mourning the sudden death of this country’s Consul General to Miami Colin Seifert Mayers.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY via telephone from her Miami office, a shocked Deputy Consul General Gaile Thompson said Mayers, who is in his 70s, passed away this morning after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Thompson, who said she was still trying to come to grips with his death, noted that her “boss” had not shown any signs of illness leading up to his passing.

“He was not ill... This was a shock that hit me this morning. I saw him yesterday and we were looking forward since he had actually just become the dean of the diplomatic corps and today was going to be his first day where the corps has a luncheon and it was going to be his debut... [but] he just couldn’t make it to the debut,” an emotional Thompson said as she struggled to come to terms with the news of the passing of Mayers who first served as Consul General in Miami, Florida from May 1994 to December 1994.

While revealing that staff at the consulate was also in shock, Thompson said Mayers would be missed for always wanting to get the best out of everybody.

“I enjoyed working with Consul General Mayers. He was a person who expected us to do good. He was a very good boss. I thought he was very sympathetic. Basically, I thought the staff liked him. Yes, he did have a bit of a temper, but he was a good person to work with,” she recalled of Mayers, who was re-appointed Consul General in Miami on July 1, 2008 following the January 15 general elections of that same year.

“I think he had a very good relationship with the Diaspora. They seemed to like him and he always supported them. He was very, very strong on that. He always looked out for them. One thing I would say about him, he was very patriotic... He would do anything for his country. And that is a good legacy,” she said, stressing that while there were people who said they were patriotic, the late senior diplomat showed it.

With the recently expanded coverage area of the consulate, Mayers’ jurisdiction included the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

His primary responsibilities included maintaining a relationship with and representing the interest of Barbadian nationals, seeking out economic and business opportunities, promoting co-operative ventures with private and public sector agencies and establishing and nurturing relationships that are beneficial to Barbados.

A former Lodge School student, Mayers was a trained pilot who worked for Carib West Airlines between 1971 and 1981 before he was appointed general manager of Caribbean Air Cargo’s North American Operations from 1981-1992. He then served as vice president of Caribbean Motor Works from 1995 to 1999 and as a marketing consultant before joining the consular service full time.

He leaves to mourn his wife Elicia and daughters Jeannine Mayers and Sonja Mayers-Darby.

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Re: [Final Flights] Colin Mayers - 6 April, 2018

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Mr. Colin Seifert Mayers gained his secondary education at the Lodge School in Barbados. He then studied aeronautics at the Academy of Aeronautics in Flushing, New York and subsequently at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he acquired his commercial pilot’s licence in 1970. Mr. Mayers also worked as a pilot for Carib West Airlines (1971 -1981); General Manager of Caribbean Air Cargo’s North American Operations (1981-1992); Vice President of Caribbean Motor Works (1995-1999) and a Marketing Consultant (1999 – 2008).

Mr. Mayers first served as Consul General at the Consulate General of Barbados in Miami, Florida from May 1994 to December 1994. Following the outcome of General Elections in Barbados on January 15, 2008, he was again appointed Consul General in Miami from July 01, 2008.

With the recently expanded coverage area of the Consulate, Mr. Mayers’ jurisdiction now includes the states of: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. His primary responsibilities include: maintaining a relationship with and representing the interest of Barbadian nationals, seeking out economic and business opportunities, promoting co-operative ventures with private and public sector agencies, establishing and nurturing relationships that are beneficial to Barbados.

Mr. Mayers was a member of Negro Airmen International. He and his wife Elicia (nee Irish) are the parents of two daughters, Miss Jeannine Mayers and Mrs. Sonja Mayers-Darby.

The Consulate General of Barbados at Miami wishes to inform that the funeral service for the late Hon. Colin S. Mayers, Consul General of Barbados at Miami will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church, 2801 North University Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.

The funeral service for the Hon. Colin S. Mayers will be conducted by 2 former Lodge boys in Rev. Anthony Holder, Rector of Holy Sacrament Church and the Rt. Rev. Peter Eaton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. Rev. Bernard Griffith a former teacher of the Lodge School will also be part of the team.

Lodge boy Peter Bryan will have the honour of delivering the tribute on behalf of the Barbadian diaspora.

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