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Jerome James McBarnette aka "Teacher May-Fus" has died

I was about to leave the park where Barry, Hilary, himself and I were chatting but returned to ask him something I was always curious about. Was "May-Fus" his real name or simply a nickname?
The familiar roar of laughter followed, that those of us who knew him well, will fondly remember. Teacher May-Fus explained to me that this was his nickname for being born on May 1st!!! He teased me and asked how come John Pipey (my dad) never told me.

Here it was coming from the horse's mouth. Looking back at that moment, I'm glad I did turn around and asked the question, because those were the very last words I heard from one of Grenada's giant of a man, Jerome James McBarnette.

Other than saying his speaking voice made you want to listen while his singing was something else, there's no point in listing his other accomplishments, as they are so well known. Suffice it to say that his passing is marking the end of an era when a school teacher's influence extended way beyond the school grounds. What a man!!

To Barry, Hilary, Garson and his other children whose names I can't recall, please accept sincere condolences from the DeCoteau's in Gouyave.

Rest in peace, sir.