Today we Laid a Patriot to Rest – A Tribute to Judy Williams-Modeste

Some people are hailed as heroes because they fight huge causes and win national and even global acclaim. Some people are heroes, because they respond selflessly to a pressing need, and change for the better, the lives of those whom they encounter. The latter are the angels that walk among us - the unsung heroes. Sister Judy Williams-Modeste was a Grenadian icon, angel to many, a patriot and, an unsung hero.

Judy Williams-Modeste, or sister Judy as many affectionately call her, was even more than an inspiration to many. Through her work with Pope Paul’s Camp and then GRENCODA, Judy Williams served the Grenadian community with distinction and represented the best of Grenada. From the farmers on  Chambaud Estate, to the Students’ Assistance Programme, to the beneficiaries of computer classes in the early days and community Day Care services for young mothers in the Gouyave community. Judy was a visionary who helped to empower many young boys and girls, men and women. 

For all her great accomplishments as a community leader and servant of the people, perhaps her greatest achievement through GRENCODA was the establishment of the Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic. Recognizing a void that should be filled by the state, Judy spare-headed the establishment of the Legal Aid Clinic, ensuring thousands of vulnerable Grenadians received quality legal representation.   

Judy was also the instigator of the grouping of social partners in 2015, that helped steer Grenada through the structural adjustment program and the development of the National Sustainable Development Plan 2030. For Judy, it was always Grenada first. The NDC always respected and admired her for the fierce patriot that she was. 

For her outstanding contribution to national development, the NDC salutes, Sister Judy Williams!

The Party Leader and members, extend heartfelt condolences to Sister Judy’s husband James, her family and friends.