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I just got news that Dereck Calliste AKA Comical has moved on. It happened last Sunday. My thoughts are with his brothers & sisters, Colin, Eileen, Sandra, Rita & Trevor AKA Mike & Bias, & the rest of the his family.
Dereck was well known as a guitarist, playing with Gouyave bands such as Harmony’s with Brass & Elites Vibrations. He also played with some other top hoach bands in the St. George’s area. One was a band from Paddock that included the ace steel pan, calypso & soca artiste, Daniel Sealey AKA Black Scorpion, & bassist Wooden Pudden.
Dereck left Grenada to pursue his dream of becoming a medical doctor in the USA, however, he continued playing his guitar.
Those of us who were close to him, knew him as an unrepentant lighthearted prankster. He constantly had us laughing. For this we nicknamed, Comical.
Also, Derick was a really good karate student: one of the top fighters, too. Yet, I never knew him in a fight outside of the dojo. Outside of the dojo he was just Comical, the guitarist.
He love books; he swallowed down books as rapidly as other Gouyave men swallowed down bottles of liquor on the Lance, day & night. He always approached things as an intellectual - even his recreational music. He was deep into the study of musical modes like the Ionian mode etc.
Such beautiful memories of my beloved Derek! I bless you today in the awesome name of our Lord and Savior for honoring my brothers the way you have!
To Sandra, Rita, and all other members of Derek's family, please accept my heartfelt sympathies on his passing. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. RIP Derek!
On behalf of my family, we thank you.