Elder and business man Leon Ta Fari  Phillips owner and proprietor of Chee  Mookes  Bakery on Independence Square  between Nelson and Duncan Streets has transited the physical body on his return journey to the Source of all Life.

Just recently  I recall Natalie and a friend chatting on facebook about ” Colombus Square ” , and the Streets of Port – of – Spain where they had grown up and played as children in safety and how all this had changed. I recall writing to her and saying tha she may not understand the profoundity of her observations. Today ,we are announcing her Father’s transition.

Moments like these show how fleeting the moments of life are, and it reminds us of doing good at every moment.

Some persons may not have known the face of Leon. but they all knew   CHEE   MOOKES   BAKERY.

CHEE   MOOKES   BAKERY   has been established  since  1931. The Bakery is well known for it’s fresh bread and pastries.

Elder Leon was  a kind soul who would from time to time discuss world events with some of the youths in the community.

As an orisa devotee   several years ago I approached Elder Leon  for advertising support for an orisa magazine that had not yet made it’s name. The magazine was  IFA  SPEAKS. Elder Leon after glimpsing through the magazine gave his support and advice and advertised in  IFA  SPEAKS. There were many occassions  on which Elder Leon and CHEE  MOOKES  BAKERY gave their support to the orisa community in their several events and activities.

I recall Adigun Goddard son of the late great pan organizer George  Goddard wanting to educate young people about their African selves, Elder Leon supported and allowed the use of his premises for the conduct of educational classes.

Entrepeneurs who were having challenges getting loans wanted to create an Asssociation, Elder Leon supported.

When I mentioned to my 94 year old Grandmother that Elder Leon had passed , she recalled he had a brother who was a ” Master Shoe Maker  ” who had a shoe making establishment at the back of Eastern Girls’ School that was then on Nelson Street.

Elder Leon up to a few years ago held the position of   Chairman of The  Trinidad and Tobago  Bakers  Association.

The passing of Elder Leon Ta Fari Phillips we are sure will be greatly missed by many.

May his journey in the BEYOND, be safe.

May his name and contributions to the development of our social, political and entrepreneurial landscape be remembered and cherished.

The  Editors  of this  site and the Administration of Egbe Onisin Eledumare extend our condolences to the Phillps family and to the staff at CHEE   MOOKES   BAKERY  for their loss.

5 responses to “PASSING OF A GREAT SOUL

  1. Thank for your kind comments… My family and I appreciate the recognition your organisation has given to my father… We continue to wish you all the very best in your endeavours.


    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      Greetings Nathalie!
      Even when it is not a time of transition, one should acknowledge the good that others do. YOUR FATHER WAS A GOOD MAN.I ” knew ” him for I suspect more than 30 yrs. Though this was a casual ” knowing ” my observations indicated that a good soul resided in your father’s body. I hope that the ” documenters ” of our Nation’s development would include him and your family in the chronicles of our Nation’s history. I have also known you to be a strong and pleasant person and I pray that the responsibility that will be placed on your shoulders that you will be able to bear.May Supreme Being/Divine Celestial Intelligence afford you the perseverance to engage this challenge. Remain blessed! Oloye Orawale Oranfe


  2. I met this great man once and I can truly say he was the backbone of African Organisations when it came to assisting which he did in every way possible and so a great spirit has gone , May we remember the correct way for his burial and may we also continue to do ritual for his safe return to Orun(Heaven)


    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      E kabo! Adupe loplopo! Thanks for your visit and welcome. Yes Agba/ Elder Leon was and is a truly good soul. His funerary rites at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception was filled with many who agreed with this assessment of the life of Agba Leon.T o the extent of the family’s understanding they are doing what they can.All others who wish to add to what has been done may do so with due respect to the family. I pray that those of us who understand the need for his legacy to be kept alive will keep it alive. Thank you once again for your visit and contribution. Oloye Orawale Oranfe


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