The passing of a cultural icon

Justin "Crane" Edwards was considered as the major carnival player in Gouyave

Justin “Crane” Edwards was considered as the major carnival player in Gouyave

Spicemas Corporation and the Grenada Cultural Foundation express condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Justin “Crane” Edwards. Be comforted in the fact that his legacy is untouchable and he has given his best years to what he loved dearly, his culture.

Many giants go about their lives quietly whilst others can be heard shouting from their lofty heights as they journey through life’s ups and downs.

Justin “Crane” Edwards was a quiet giant who contributed to Grenada’s culture and specifically, carnival, without fuss or clamour.

He did what he felt was his duty to country and culture regardless of hindrances.

His legacy is one that speaks to love, passion and honour. His deep love for the artform saw him being a part of all the veins of the heart of carnival including Mas, Calypso and Soca. Even when his health was low he was on the stage participating like a champion giving it his all.

Justin Edwards was a Mas man, band leader, designer and an artiste who displayed a level of commitment to his culture who we ought to emulate and admire. He kept coming back regardless of win or lose, for winning or losing was never his purpose for being a part of the process.

He has given over thirty years to the development of Carnival and culture in general. Selflessly and passionately he stayed the course never wavering with his obligation to the people of St. John.

We have lost a gentle giant, a stalwart in our cultural landscape. A vacuum has been formed and a void created in the cultural fraternity especially for the people of Gouyave.

Mas in Gouyave will never be the same, but we are sure the spirit and legacy of the “Crane” the Mas Man, Justin Edwards will live on.

The Spicemas Corporation and the Grenada Cultural Foundation mourn with his family and friends as we say farewell to such a gentleman  has left us a proud legacy that echoes the makings of a cultural icon and a true statesman.

May he rest in eternal peace.

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