Yesterday marked the Second Anniversary of the passing from this life of Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Blackett, Commandant Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force (1988 to 1992).
Lieutenant Colonel Blackett was responsible for the introduction of Cadetting in Tobago. During the 1950’s he prevailed upon the authorities to the extent that on November 20th 1958 the first Platoon of Cadets was inducted at Bishops High School, Tobago. Those pioneers excelled and went on to lead very successful lives.
Colonel Blackett served as Principal of that Secondary School from 1957 to 1974 and during this era he was commissioned into the Cadet Force with the rank of Captain. He subsequently became Area Commander Tobago, Force’s Second in Command and eventually Commandant in September 1988 when he succeeded Lieutenant Colonel Owen Baptiste who died in Office.
Lieutenant Colonel Blackett received a National Award for his contribution to Education and Youth Development in Trinidad and Tobago. He died in Tobago on November 21st 2015 and was cremated in Trinidad on November 28th 2015.
Colonel Blackett will forever live in our hearts.
From the desk of:
Capt. Grantley Dick
Cadet Force Officer
Featured image: Death notice posted in the Trinidad Guardian, Thursday 26th November 2015