The viewing will be held at the St. Gabriels Episocal Church 331 Howthorn St., Brooklyn, NY. 11225 Time: 9:00am ~ 10:00am Service Begins @ 10:00am
A brilliant and beloved son of Grenada, Leroy Lawrence Neckles after passionately running life’s race has gone to sleep in the Lord. He finished his course at the Belle Vue Hospital in Manhattan, New York on August 13, 2008 after a prolong illness.
Leroy Lawrence Neckles was born at Paraclete in the Parish of St. Andrews, Grenada to Phineas and Leonie Neckles on September 3, 1944. Leroy was the first in his family to achieve university degrees and became a mentor to his extended family and friends, in so much that two of his cousins viewed him as their role model and are today medical doctors. He encouraged many young people to achieve higher education, as he believed it was key to ones success. Leroy had lots of close friends that will remember his excellent cooking and committed friendship. When it came to his professional work he had a great talent for creating much out of very little by developing lasting systems and management models that lives on. As a lay preacher, Leroy enjoyed ministering and enlightening others to build strong relationship with their Lord. His favorite Bible text was Psalms 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth, and the mediation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Leroy was educated at Holy Innocent Anglican School and St. Andrews Anglican Secondary School in Grenada and taught at the St. George’s Anglican School (Hindsy). After migrating to the United States he attended Federal City College (known today as), University of the District of Columbia in Washington D.C., and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Management. He later went on to the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he graduated with a Masters Degree. Leroy left the United States of America in 1976 to take up an appointment as Senior Economist and Industrial Planner, Planning Secretariat in the office of the Prime Minister, Guyana.
Leroy returned to his native land in 1980, where he gave exemplary service to various Corporations until 2000. Leroy was a Management Trainer - with Pan American Health Organization Regional Office (PAHO). He was Manager of Central Water Commission (CWC) and then Manager of the National Transport Authority. Leroy was the first General Manager of Point Salines International Airport in 1986. He was also Manager of the Gravel and Concrete Corporation. Leroy went back to the water Authority as General Manager in 1997 where he served until 1999. Later he served as Vice Principal at the T.A. Marryshow Community College.
Leroy was a Rotarian and Past President of Rotary International. Leroy served as the Priest Warden, a member of the Church Council and a Lay-reader in the Parish of George’s in Grenada. Leroy served as Chairman of the National Housing Authority, Member of the National Science and Technology Council, Member of the Grenada Town and Country Planning Board, Member of the National Primary Health Care Committee of the Ministry of Health. As you can see…Leroy was the epitome of diversity when it came to his many achievements.
Leroy Neckles is survived by his wife Cheryl, five children: Omar, Nial, Lerone, Leonie and Avellena. Five sisters: Nadia Benjamin, Lisda Sawney, Yvonne Barrett, Pat and Marcelle Powlett, brother Eric Neckles, Aunt Jane Sawney. Brothers-in-law, Reynold Benjamin, Eugene Sawney and Peter Barrett. Many nieces and nephews including Carol Benjamin-David, Eulis and Julia Sawney, Beverly Neckles-Charles, Arianne, Reiah Barrett, Gentle and Roland Benjamin and Hasley Barrett, Tavaughn Reyes, Meshach and Jevon Charles. Many families and friends including Mayonette Neckles, Winston Neckles, Donald Beggs, Aubrey Armstrong, Augustine McMillan, Lennox Berkeley, Kenneth Samuel and many, many others. May his soul rest in peace.