Placed on the inside of the coffin were two newspapers, one of THE NEW TODAY, and the other of the Grenada Informer, as long-standing journalist Wayne Modeste was laid to rest last Thursday at the centre Cemetery in St. George’s.
Modeste, the Editor of THE NEW TODAY newspaper, died on April 27 at the St. George’s General Hospital at aged 51.
He had served the media fraternity for approximately 27 years, first at the Grenada Informer, then moved on to the defunct Grenada Today, and also had a stint with the Catholic Focus newspaper.
However, Modeste spent his later years in the profession serving as Editor of THE NEW TODAY newspaper on St. John’s Street.
His funeral service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Church Street, St. George’s attracted no less than five Priests including Bishop Emeritus, Sydney Charles.
Apart from the retired Bishop, the priests in attendance were Diocesan Administrator Fr Clifton Harris, as well as Frs Karl Haynes, Gerard Paul, and Andrew Barnard. The Mass at the Cathedral was attended by Chief Magistrate, Tamara Gill, members of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG), and officials of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the party that he held membership with for many years.
Most of those who paid tribute to Modeste at the funeral service remembered him for his dedication to the job, and the contribution made to the media profession in Grenada.
Consultant of THE NEW TODAY George Worme in his tribute stated that the NewToday and the Media Fraternity on a whole have lost a great soldier.
Senior Reporter with the Grenada Informer, Johnson Richardson who worked with Modeste for many years, especially in coverage of the local courts, remembered him as the one who always motivated him to stay close to the proceedings at the court.
“His belief in the concept that the public has a right to know was his passion. He was committed, devoted, and dedicated to what he did. He was not prepared to let sickness, physical challenges, including blindness, stand in his way”, he said.
“…Wayne was a fighter who stood the test of time; from the days of the dark room printing of photos at the Grenada Informer Newspaper Office, to digital photos at New Today Newspaper; from running to catch a plane with written information, to emails, being slapped by a politician, being threatened with jail time by a high court judge, he has been through it all, and was not prepared to give up,” he added.
Executive members of the NDC, Political Leader, Sen. Nazim Burke, and Caretaker for St. George North West, Ali Dowden both remembered Wayne for contributions he made to Congress as he served as a member of the St. George North West Constituency.
Former President of MWAG, Shere-Ann Noel remembered Modeste as the one who was not fearful and “the one who was (not) afraid to ask the tough questions. Let us keep the torch burning by asking the questions.”
Two poems were recited at the tribute by the son of Modeste, Dovevil Modeste and his girlfriend.
The late Editor of THE NEW TODAY newspaper was sent off from the church to the nearby cemetery where he was entombed amidst the playing of songs from his favourite artistes, Beres Hammond and Bob Marley.