PRESIDENT Anthony Carmona said yesterday Trinidad and Tobago needed love and genuine friendship in society to make a difference.
Carmona spoke at the funeral service for his uncle, Ronald Dickie, a former national cyclist, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in San Fernando.
“In today’s society, many of us are losing our sense of humility. But I have faith in Trinidad and Tobago,” said the President.
“We need love in our society, and strive to become a genuine friend to each other. That is how we change the world, and we have the capacity in our hearts to make a difference. But in order to make that change, it begins with the man in the mirror.”
Carmona said individuals should not be judged by riches, class or ethnic background.
Of Dickie, he said: “He was a humanitarian. He respected everyone and was respected by all. There was a magic in his life and he prayed every single day. Whenever he found someone going down the wrong path, he would always be there to guide them. I am happy that God was now welcoming him in his kingdom.”
Parish priest Monsignor Kenneth Spence, in delivering the homily, said: “Let us see where we stand with God, and if you need to make an adjustment that you can be closer to God, start today and don’t put it off for tomorrow.”
Dickie died on Monday, six days shy of his 75th birthday.
He was also the father of two former national standout cyclists, Richard and Ronald (Jr), and brother of former Trinidad and Tobago and Canada national coach Desmond Dickie.
Dickie was also known to have launched BMX racing in Trinidad and Tobago, and built the first BMX track.
Following the funeral service, he was cremated at Guide’s
Crematorium in San Fernando.