In Memory of Friends

EVERY TIME I look at old photographs of friends/acquaintances/colleagues, I often wonder where they are and what they are doing now.

Thanks to the internet and social media, I have been able to find some online, read updates about them and also re-connect with a few.

In my recent search for acquaintances of CWA whom I made while in Washington DC more than a decade ago, I learnt sadly that two had passed on.

Mrs. Sharon Arneaud was the wife of the former Ambassador of Trinidad & Tobago to the US. Online news reported that she was involved in a boating accident while on vacation on Gasparee Island back home on 19th September 2009. She was 64. I have had some privileged moments with Sharon who was the CWA President in 2000 and I was involved in the committee as the membership secretary.

Lady Sheila Butler was the wife of the former Ambassador of Bahamas to the US. She passed away due to illness on 20th August 2013. She was 69.

May they rest in peace.

(LEFT photo) CWA Meeting on 14 Sep 1999 hosted at the Australian Residence… (L-R) Datin Kamilah Abdullah of Brunei; Mrs Kathy Harrington of Australia and Lady Sheila of Bahamas; (RIGHT photo) CWA Bazaar on 30 October 1999 held at the New Zealand Embassy… (L-R) Lady Gloria Blackman of Barbados, Mrs Joanna Masirewa of Fiji, Mrs Margaret Bernal of Jamaica, Mrs Sharon Arneaud and Lady Sheila Butler.

(LEFT photo) CWA Meeting on 14 Sep 1999 hosted at the Australian Residence… (L-R) Datin Kamilah Abdullah of Brunei; Mrs Kathy Harrington of Australia and Lady Sheila of Bahamas; (RIGHT photo) CWA Bazaar on 30 October 1999 held at the New Zealand Embassy… (L-R) Lady Gloria Blackman of Barbados, Mrs Joanna Masirewa of Fiji, Mrs Margaret Bernal of Jamaica, Mrs Sharon Arneaud and Lady Sheila Butler.

(LEFT photo) CWA Meeting on 24 Oct 2000 hosted by Bangladesh Ambassador’s wife Mrs Khaleda Shehabuddin at her Residence… (L-R) Mrs Wendy Bockhorst-Heng of Singapore, Mrs Khaleda, Mrs Sharon Arneaud and Mrs Yvonne Saliba of Malta; (RIGHT photo) A farewell lunch on 11 Nov 2000 hosted by Mrs Sharon Arneaud at her Residence for Lady Gloria Blackman… (L-R) Mrs Margaret Bernal of Jamaica, a guest, the hostess Sharon, a guest with her grandchild, another guest, Lady Gloria and Mrs Joanie Barclay of New Zealand.

CWA Meeting on 7 Nov 2000 hosted by Australian Ambassador’s wife Mrs Deborah Thawley at her Residence … (LEFT photo, L-R) The hostess Deborah, Mrs Louisette Mendouga of Cameroon holding Baby M, a guest and Mrs Sharon Arneaud.

CWA Meeting on 12 Dec 2000 hosted by Malta Ambassador’s wife, Mrs Yvonne Saliba at her Residence. This was my final meeting with Sharon, seen here holding Baby M.

CWA Meeting on 12 Dec 2000 hosted by Malta Ambassador’s wife, Mrs Yvonne Saliba at her Residence. This was my final meeting with Sharon, seen here holding Baby M.

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