Minister Jacobs extends deepest condolences to family and friends of the late George Frederick Adolphus York

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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport Affairs and the government of St. Maarten hereby extend sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late George Frederick Adolphus aka Freddy York.

Our heart goes out to you in this time of bereavement, with special recognition to our Minister Plenipotentiary Mrs. Henrietta Doran-York as well as MECYS Culture Department head Mr. Neville York as you accept this terrible loss.

Death is never easy to accept for the living, but allow the memories to live on forever. Mr. Freddy York recently celebrated a milestone of 100 years of living, which is a legacy many of us may not get to experience. I am happy, as I know his family is as well, to be privileged to have celebrated this milestone with him.

The celebratory ceremonies held over the weekend were filled with laughter and joy, which when remembered, will sustain you during this time of preparation for farewell and beyond. My prayers are with the family and friends. May God guide you and give you strength through the trying times ahead and may his soul rest in perpetual peace.

Mr. York was a pillar in our community and his legacy will live on forever. The stories of him fishing and picking whelks will live on through his children, grand-children and great grand-children, and all who were privileged to have learned from him, for years to come. His sense of humor, love of life, playing dominoes, eating and resting well, while working and spending time with family and friends are examples for all of us to live by. May St. Martin’s cultural icon, “Freddy York,” live on in our memories forever.