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.