Remembering former CARDI Scientist Harold Patterson
WE ARE profoundly saddened at the loss of Harold Patterson, a former employee of CARDI.
Harold passed away on Friday 24 July 2020 in his beloved home country of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Harold Patterson first joined the CARDI family in 1984, as the CARDI Representative St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Following a three-year term, he was transferred to the St. Kitts and Nevis as CARDI Representative from 1988 – 1991. In 1991, he moved to Trinidad where he headed Trinidad and Tobago Unit until 1995.
During his time at the Institute, Harold, a trained Animal Scientist, led two key projects: IFAD funded – On Farm Small Ruminant Research and Development Project in the OECS and CIDA funded “Caribbean Sheep Production and Marketing Project” While in Trinidad and Tobago, he was also very instrumental in the development of the Blenheim Sheep Station in Tobago.
The early work conducted by Harold and his professional colleagues, laid the foundation for the development and maintenance of the gene pools for sheep on the island.
Prior to joining CARDI in 1984, Harold was a Senior Livestock Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Barbados. A trained geneticist, Harold initiated the early breeding work towards the development of the iconic and highly prolific, Barbados Black Belly Sheep.
While in Barbados, he also led the development of other animal sub-sectors – poultry, goats and pigs. His work in the development of the Black Belly Sheep, in Barbados, is one that leaves a legacy and Harold will always be recognized for being well published, especially in that area.
Harold’s contribution to the development of the agriculture sector will always be remembered. In paying tribute, CARDI’S Executive Director, Barton Clarke remembered him as a gentle giant who deeply loved his family and life in general. In spite of his intimidating stature, Clarke recalled him being very timid when it came to flying – often employing several tactics, which we won’t reveal today, to remain calm during flights.
He was also a star track and field athlete and ensured his children continued in his tradition of Shot Put. Following his retirement from the Institute in 1988, Harold kept active. He established a very successful poultry farm in Christ Church, Barbados and was one of the few suppliers on the island who satisfied the strict criteria to supply KFC restaurants.
Back in St Vincent, he became involved in the church and willing provided guidance and mentorship to me, when I arrived here, as the CARDI Representative in 2017. I am grateful for his support and guiding hand.
The management and staff of CARDI express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Harold. May he rest in peace.