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PEDRITO E. BLYDEN
Christchurch Methodist... 10:00 a.m.
Interment at Western Cemetery
Thursday, June 9, 1988
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PEDRITO E. BLYDEN
May 5, 1926 June 2, 1988
Pedrito E. Blyden was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to William
Blyden and Lolita Chinnery on May 5, 1926.
He got his early education on St. Thomas and started his apprentice-
ship in carpentry as a youngster under the guidance of Mr. Vialet, a master
craftsman of his day, and continued his apprenticeship with Anselle Testa-
In 1946, Pedrito moved to New York where he attended school for
construction and blue print and later a course in interior design.
From 1950 to 1952, he served in the military during the Korean
conflict. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to New York
to continue his education at Delehanty Institute for Auto Mechanics. He
earned a degree in Basic Mechanics and ore in Automotive Transmission
Technology. He then joined the staff of Modern Kitchen Company in New
York where he worked for the next twenty years
The former Enid Miles became Pedrito's wife on December 4, 1950;
a union which lasted thirty-seven-and-a-half years. They were blessed with
two daughters, Jacquelyn and Patricia.
In 1967, he returned home with his family and worked at the Depart.
mant of Public Works.
In 1969, he started Interior Woodworks, specializing in manufacturing
cabinets, as well as all types of interior carpentry and antique restoration.
A sampling of his handiworks and skills can be seen throughout St. Thomas,
including the three big mahogany doors of Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral; the
pews of the Methodist Church, Market Square; the furniture at Lutheran
Parish Church and St. Luke's Episcopal Church; the benches and furniture at
the St. Thomas Territorial Courts and the Boulon Center in St. John; the
bamboo signs at the Cyril E. King Airport; showcases at L & C Milliner,
Havensight, and many other stores. Pedrito's kitchen cabinets adorn many
condominiums and homes, too numerous to mention. Electric Connection,
Wheatley Center features a display of a European type kitchen, and their
new store at Nisky Center displays the most recent example of his crafts-
manship, consisting of birch kitchen cabinets and several floor-to-ceiling
Of particular satisfaction to Pedrito was his project of building a 17%
foot cabin cruiser. Its successful completion and subsequent island-hopping
ability were a constant delight to him.
Pedrito cared for the young and demonstrated this concern by sharing
his knowledge through various youth programs.
Jacqulyn Simpson and Patricia Stevens
Rada Nedd, Dorothy Jackson. Gwendolyn Harley,
Esyn Chesterfield and Amy Blyden
Roy A. Blyden
Arthur Simpson and Marvin Stevens
Vadis Nles, Moire Roberts, Maiie O'Neal
and Gertrude Swan
Cyril Nedd, Frane B. Jackson, Ewart Harley,
Kenneth, Dougal, Arthur and Navarro Niles
Angela and Andrea Simpson,
Melanie, Matthew and Phylicia Stevens
and many other relatives and friends
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ORDER OF SERVICE
HYMN... O Happy Day
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD
I Peter 1: 3-9, Romans 8: 35, 37-39
St. John 14: 1-3, 27
SOLO... Luther Milliner
EULOGY... Albert Mercer
HYMN... Jesus Shall Reign
AT THE GRAVESIDE
TRIBUTE... Pastor Simon Farrington
Amazing Grace / What a Friend We Have In Jesus
How Great Thou Art
Roy A. Blyden / Arthur Simpson / Marvin Stevens
William Chesterfield I Robert C. Chesterfield / Elton Trotman
Arturo Niles / Navarro Niles / Kenneth Niles
Liston Barry I Dougal Niles / Iv Swan
Cyril Nedd I Leroy Herman / Ewart Harley
David Chinnery, Sr.
Donald Chinnery and Robert Chesterfield
The following Is a tribute from the V.I. Delegate to Conress on the occasion
of Pedrito Blyden's being honored by the Afican Diapora Youth Develop-
ment Foundation, Inc.
June 10, 1987
Congratulations on being selected as one of the honorees of the African
Diaspora Youth Development Foundation, Inc.
I applaud the group's wise choice You are renowned in our community
for your professional and top quality work. Besides your exceptional cabinet
work, we all know what marvels you work in the restoration of old mahog-
You are an inspiration to other business people, Pedrito. You are an
example of success, and it is clear that your hard work, attention to detail,
and commitment to doing your best have made you the respected and
admired businessman that you are.
My very best wishes are with you, as are my wishes for your continued
Chairman, Subcommittee on
Insular & International Affai
Farewell to my Dad
You are my first love, my mentor, and my inspiration. Although you
ae no longer with me in flesh, I kno you are still right near me in spirit,
and a big piece of my heart. I ask the Iloa to take care of you and comfort
you until I can be by your side again. We never know when the Almighty
Father is going to call us home, so until then I wll try to remember all of
your low, and I wll prepare myself to meet him and be with you again
from this day on.
Your loving Daughter, Patsy
To my Pops-n-law
Each time we met, we were ptting closer, and now the Lord has made
his decision. I promise you that I will take care of your daughter and
grandchildren until he calls for me.
Your Son-in-law, Marvin
To our Grandpa
We love you and wil mis you.
Melanie, Matthew and Phyicia
To my loving and caring brother
I wll miss you very much. May you ret in peace.
Your Sister, Amy
We loved you very much and it's a great loss to know that you hae gone.
Ralds, Cyril, Liton and Gibert
Sleep on, Pedrito...
Sleep on, and take your reet Lay your head down upon the Saviour's
breast. We loved you wll, but Jesus loved you best. Sleep on, seep on.
Though you have gone before me, I'll not be alone. I will have strength
from your love you left with me, and at God's timing, well meet again.
I thank God for thirty-seven-and-a-half years of marriage.
Things I remember about Grandpa
Going in the boat to the beach; eating Kentucky Fried Chicken; letting
me watch movies my mom and dad said not to; going out for ice cream. I
will still do these things, but they won't be the same.
Things I remember about Grandpa
He taught me not to be afraid of lizards and iguanas, and we had fun
feeding them. I had fun drinking your sodas. You showed me how to
make a jewelry box for mom and dad.
Bye Bye, Andrea
You will always be with us. You live on in our precious granddaughters.
Thank you for fathering our daughter who I love as my own, and for loving
my son as your own.
Love, Liz Simpson
You made me feel like a son, not a son-in-law. You were always warm,
sincere, generous and loving. You were always there to lend a helping hand.
You taught me things in a way that only a father can. I will miss your
advice, your love. I was proud to call you Dad.
You were the first man I ever loved, and I have loved one of the best! I
sat and wonder: Where's my eating partner? Where's my dad that told us
stories that had us laughing until tears came? Where's my children's warm
and caring grandfather? Where's my loving father? How can you leave us
I'll miss you always.
Capitol Building, Charlotte Amalie
It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that on behalf of my family,
my staff, and members of the Seventeenth Legislature, I extend deepest
sympathies and condolences to the famiy of Pedrito Blyden on the occasion
of his untimely passing.
Those who knew Pedrito, as I did, as a friend, colleague, and confidant,
will always remember his untiring efforts on behalf of the betterment of
all Virgin Islanders. His devotion was not limited to his community involve-
ment but also extended to his role as a loving father and husband. His
passing creates a void which will not easily be filled.
The people of the Virgin Islands, and his family and many friends have
lost a true warrior who will be dearly missed.
I extend condolences to Pedrito's entire family in this time of sorrow,
and trust that God will grant him eternal peace.
her A. Stridiron, President
17th Legislature of the V.I.
Capitol Building, Charlotte Amalie
Every so often the world is blessed with talented individuals who have
the determination to display that talent in a manner that is beneficial to all
mankind. Pedrito Blyden was indeed one of those individuals. In fact.
I consider him a "National Treasure."
God has seen fit, in his own plan, to call Pedrito to heaven, to put
his creative talents to work there.
My sincerest thoughts of sympathy are extended to you and your family.
We will all miss Pedrito. However, we should take comfort in the fact that
he is resting well in the arms of God.
Virdin C. Brown
Love and friendship know no boundaries. Even with the passing of
our good friend, Mr. Pedrito Blyden, we continue to remember our love for
him and his purely sincere and honest friendship. We especially feel that
his phenomenal craftsmanship will be a monument for our community
to reflect on for years to come.
Let us all pause and reflect on all the positive things that Mr. Blyden
did for us and remember how he touched us in his special way.
Nab Eddie Bobo, President
and members of
the African Diaspora Youth Development
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house there are many mansions: if it were not so, I
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
John 14: 1-4
Gwen, Worty, Children and Grandchildren
Pedrito was the best brother-in-law anyone could have. rm going to miss
Pedrito, a man who was caring and loyal to family and friends.
Pedrito was one of the most concerned, caring, lovin, generous indi-
viduals you would ever want to meet. He was a strong, family-oriented
person who took great pride in providing the best for his wife and children.
Pedrito was my brother-in-law, but our relationship was father, brother,
friend. The light and heavy moments we shared will last always, and our
relationship always treasured.
Pedrito took our sister and made her happy, a happiness evident only
by looking at her. We all love him and will miss him, but thank God for
having known him.
Sincerely, the Niles Family
To My Good Friend, Perry,
Farewell, you have truly earned your rest.