Tears streamed quietly from the eyes of some who attended Kingstown Cemetery on Tuesday, where Nigel Greaves was placed in his final resting place, covered in wreaths and rows of colorful bouquets.
Greaves died suddenly at his home in Indian Bay on 17 July, and his funeral was held on 26 July at St George’s Cathedral, Kingstown.
The prominent businessman took over the business with his mother, Layla, and brothers Ken, Debra, Valerie, and Neville after the death of his father, Cecil Kenrick Greaves, and ran the family business for about 41 years. 1996.
Reuben John, BDO partner in the Eastern Caribbean, complimented Greaves.
John, who has had a professional relationship with the Greaves family for 30 years, says the 63-year-old “had an amazing understanding of not just the supermarket industry, but business operations in general. He could process and analyze data and generate business ideas. His ability to interpret and interpret information was amazing.He had the ability to recognize bad trading ideas early on, thus avoiding pitfalls and greatly reducing the risk of making bad trading decisions. was.»
He also underscored Greaves’ commitment to the CK Greaves group of companies and worked with other directors and staff to ensure that customers were satisfied and that products were always properly accessed.
Greaves ran the family business, but John said he was also generous with his time, devoting some of it to supporting students at the SBA and in some cases providing financial assistance. .
“Many young entrepreneurs have benefited from his advice and business experience because he shared a lot of his business knowledge with them. Director of National Commercial Bank and St Hill Insurance Company Limited from 1996 to 2001 Mr. John of Greaves, who served as the director, said at the time: of his passage.
Greaves has also been praised for his patriotism and dedication to the welfare of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which has led to his support of service clubs such as the Rotary and Lions Clubs of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I’m here. Donations after many natural disasters, including recent volcanic eruptions.
Tuesday’s funeral was attended by many family members, CK Greaves Group of Companies staff, friends, members of the business community, supporters and many politicians, including Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and opposition leader Dr Godwin. .
The Reverend Otis Samuel Nichols, a pastor of St. George’s Cathedral, delivered a sermon and briefly spoke about the shock felt locally when the news of Greaves’ death broke.
“We hear about God’s unconditional love when we find our system to be the kind that struggles to handle our own vulnerability and death,” Nichols said. Told.
He pointed out that the Bible shows that God loves everyone, not just a few.
“God’s love is not based on our spiritual state or moral predisposition. It is not based on our actions or attitudes towards him.
On the contrary, we see here that God’s love for mankind is universal and unconditional,” Nichols said, noting that God’s boundless love is “thwarted by fragile humanity and other religions.” He added that this is what sets him apart from the other gods.
After Tuesday morning’s funeral, there was a procession to Kingstown Cemetery, where Greaves was lowered into his grave and many of his staff and attendees cheered him on with song.