The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. mourns the loss of Raymond O'Keiffe. Ray as he was affectionately known, was a dedicated husband and father, he was employed with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) for nearly two decades as their communications officer. Ray was a musician and songwriter who was a member and avid supporter of ECCO.
A true son of the Caribbean, Ray was the producer as well as the voice of the OECS Newslink, a radio program which is aired across the Caribbean region. Through the OECS Newslink, Ray was able to fulfill what for him was a personal mission; that of making a contribution towards regional integration. Being the generous and supportive person that he was, especially when it came to regional interests, Ray graciously shared the Newslink platform with ECCO by granting the organization a five minute program called "ECCO Time" that aired monthly. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work so closely with Ray, and will remember him fondly for his enthusiasm and commitment towards our program as it never wavered. We are truly saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague.
ECCO would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest condolences to his immediate family in Saint Lucia and Antigua, his extended family throughout the region, his colleagues at the OECS secretariat in Saint Lucia, his many friends and church family and to the listeners and supporters of the OECS Newslink. Ray was a champion of the cause of OECS integration and his passing creates a void that cannot be filled. May his work continue and may he rest in eternal peace.