Louis Anthony Woodroffe, Sr.

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Louis Anthony Woodroffe, Sr.

Also Known As: "Burke"
Birthplace: Trinidad and Tobago
Death: June 04, 2009 (80)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Immediate Family:

Son of Horatio Woodroffe and Kate Agnes Woodroffe
Ex-husband of Yvonne Joyce Woodroffe
Father of Private User; Private User and Tony Woodroffe
Brother of Private; Cecil Woodroffe; Harold Albert Woodroffe and Sylvia Brown
Half brother of Private

Occupation: Public servant,Founder and President of Diego Martin Credit Union/Carpenter/Agriculturalist/Draughtsman/farmer/Musician/Opera singer and Stage Manager/ Manager of the first Marionettes Choir / Bee Keeper/
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About Louis Anthony Woodroffe, Sr.

Louis Woodroffe or "Burke" ,as he is affectionately called, is first and foremost a visionary. He's always able to see what others do not. This led him to leave the Agricola Credit Union on Tragarete Road and start the Diego Martin Credit Union which was first housed in the local PNM parliament office on Four Roads Diego Martin and later moved to The Diamond Vale Cooperative before acquiring it's own premises at the junction that splits Diego Martin and Petite Valley.

Louis was also a baritone voice like no other and won the Music Festival in that category many times. As manager of the Marionettes and Argonauts Chorales he was able to tour to the United States with these groups to appear at several music festivals. They always returned with rave reviews and he is always proud to boast of their many accomplishments. Now retired, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture, Central Statistical office and Organization and Management, (O & M) departments in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. He was also an active member and pastor at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Chagaunas before retiring.

To describe him I would say disciplinarian, visionary, family man, father, coach, pastor and friend as he is all that to me and I am proud to be his son.

To this day the closest relative to him still alive is his cousin Dr Hugh Spicer whose opinion he values dearly and appreciates him deeply. Louis continues to live and be cared for at the St. Finbars home for the aged and is 79 years old.

Source: Tony Woodroffe

I know daddy as a multitalented person. He was an draftsman, bee keeper, wine maker, woodist, singer, credit union initiator and manager, he computerized the Diego Martin Credit Union, a great cook, an actor and opera singer and performer with the light Operatic Society, Boat builder, estate owner, Loved rearing animals. We grew up on goat milk from a goat that lived in our back yard. On Toco estate daddy owned sheep, a donkey, an ox, Turkeys chickens . etc. He came home from Toco on weekends with endless produce; mangoes, citrus, honey etc.

He was able to spot the talent in his children from early. He missed the mark a little as far as choosing instruments for the two boys. He bought Junior a violin which he hated and eventually sold without daddy's knowledge. he bought Tony a clarinet, I dont know what happened to that it disappeared. nevertheless they found their instruments of choice.

He roped all of us in the operas even our cousin Gary played a part in King and I with Junior and Tony. Since he could not get me on stage, He insisted that I be call girl, backstage. My role was to alert the performers when they should stand in readiness side stage. Hanging around the rehearsals of all these operas let to much incidental learning on my parth and as a result, I was able to produce two operas during my teaching career.

Daddy had two big dreams that he said he must achieve before he dies. He wanted a boat and he had his boat which he built himself. He also said that he must have a horse to ride through his estate. Well he didnt get the horse but think he settled for a donkey which was as stubborn as hell.

Daddy is now at Caura Hospital awaiting results of tests. He is bedridden and cannot even sit up, he is blind, diabetic and hypertensive and cannot move without help because of the stroke. But rest asurred his mouth and mind are working fine. Thank God he is not in any pain and he is resting comfortably.

I remember one Christmas, Daddy spent days in his wood work shop making his Christmas gifts. He said everybody was getting a gift made of wood that year. Chervon got a boat which he still treasures and still has. ( How prophetic, he is in the coast guard and loves to drive boats) Mummy got a pair of wooden slippers which she wore at times, I got a lovely planter which you can see on entering my house today, I cant remember what everybody else got.

Source: Cheryl

Louis Woodroffe snr.

                            My father to me, was where i inherrited all of my talents, I remember him drawing at an early age ,so I tried it ,In  those days ,Tony and i saved comic books, so i started drawing and painting the covers, Daddy gave me lots of pointers. But before that. I remember the day we moved into the house in La Puerta. There was a strong scent of a dog. I remember him washing out the house with a hose. And every christmas, he would wash down the back yard and it would eventually end up in the road he hosing and i sweeping.

I used to borrow the family lawnmaw and go around the neighbourhood morring lawns for money,an idea of Daddy's.When i crashed my brand new red racer bike into the fence on sports day in Fatima. Daddy rescued me by straightening the fork and getting me to go back on the bike.

I remember the blue vauxhall victor. not the number plate. He went away to study, and Desmond crash the car in a drain on diego martin main road. Mommy was so worried, but on his return he was calm .Just fixed the car .

We used to play cricket in the road ,he would join in. He introduced me to model plane building, He taught me to build kites and fly them. My father is the most talented man i ever met. I don't like seeing him in his present condition, so I stay away.

On leaving western boys, Daddy had a thriving woodworking business in the back yard, with "big nose carl" giving him talks for so. It's frightning how much of my life is a copy of his.I also remember  the King and I  and choo chin chow  in queens  hall.
He had a big crush on Grace metivier .There are also a lot of not so good memories, but i will leave those out.
  Daddy I know you will never read  this, {almost blind now]  but thanks for all the  things  you taught me, Thanks for all i inherited from you. In many ways i am  truly Louis Woodroffe jr.
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Louis Anthony Woodroffe, Sr.'s Timeline

January 17, 1929
Trinidad and Tobago
July 6, 1956
Trinidad and Tobago

I maccoo this event. He was born in the front room of the house in La Puerta, I was peeping through the key hole.

June 4, 2009
Age 80
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago