Andrew Peter Weekes (aka Peter, Crab & General) was born January 14, 1951 to Murrell Weekes and the late Isaac Franklyn in Christ Church, Barbados. He received his education in Barbados at St. Bartholomew Boys School. Peter was an amazing father to his children Bevon Graham, Tanya Ramsay, Andrew Bernardez and Christopher Ramsay.
He started working at the tender age of 15 preparing airplane meals at the Barbados Flight Kitchen located at the Grantley Adams International Airport until he migrated to Cambridge, MA. Peter was able to adapt to the new environment with his easy-going nature and was eager to find employment as he embarked on his new journey to achieve the American Dream. He worked at Harvard University from 1984 to 1988 and later worked at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Environmental Service as a group leader from 1988-2011 where he retired.
Peter had a big heart, loved to laugh, and have fun; he always wore a smile. His love for driving was evident when he obtained his driver’s license when he was 14yrs old and he continued driving family and friends around until his health prevented him. After he retired, he was the driver for his grandchildren, great nephew, great niece, taking them to and from school or daycare. He was always willing to lend a helping hand in whatever way he could, especially if it involved driving.
His hobbies consisted of playing cricket, swimming, and dancing, before his illness, he returned to Barbados annually for the Crop Over Festival. In his younger years, he was a member of the U.A.A cricket team and enjoyed traveling to Canada and New York to play in tournaments. Anytime there was a travel tournament, you would see Peter with his nieces and nephews in tow: where he went, they went. Even after Peter retired from playing cricket, he continued to watch the matches on television, especially when the West Indies team was playing.
Peter cherished his friendships with the Charnocks crew and kept in touch with them over the years. They regularly planned reunion trips to Barbados where they traveled near and far to connect, catchup and reminisce on growing up on the Island. He looked forward to any trip to Barbados so that he could connect with his brother Michael who did not migrate to the U.S.; during these visits, the two of them made up for lost time.
One of his favorite pass times was playing the lottery. He played from the time he was a young man in Barbados up to the time of his passing. Even when he was sick and couldn’t make it to the store to play the numbers, he asked his family to go for him. He was determined to ‘win big’ one day. He would always say who he would share his winnings with – his family.
Peter loved his children and showed his love through his unselfish acts of kindness and generosity. They blessed him by taking on the challenge to care for him at home. He was very grateful to Jan for opening up her home and giving him the opportunity to be surrounded by family in his final days. After his health began to deteriorate, he said there were two events he wanted to witness: his granddaughter Xara speaking clearly and his mom reaching 100 years in August. Before he passed, he was able to hear Xara speak, and he’ll witness his mom’s milestone from a different place.
Left to mourn his memories are: his children Bevon, Tanya, Andrew and Christopher; his mother Murrell Weekes; siblings: Ronald Weekes (Patsy), Hazel St. Cyr (Eric), Michael Weekes (Violet), Mary (Jennifer) Weekes (Stanley-deceased) Gordon (Vere) Weekes and Theorald Weekes. Preceding him in death, his beloved sister, Celestina Brathwaite (Algernon); five grandchildren: Jaylen, Jaedyn, Savon, Xara and Zoey and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Peter was loved by many and will be missed by all.
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