On the evening of Sunday, 7th November at 6:40pm, Rudolph John Mayhew passed away at the age of 81, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones, who will continue to live their lives, just like he did, to the fullest.
Rudolph, affectionately known as Rudy, was born February 12th, 1940 at Port-of-Spain General Hospital, Trinidad. He lived on Petra Street in Woodbrook with his parents Irvin and Marion Mayhew, and brother Kenneth, before relocating to Dibe Road, Long Circular, St. James, where they welcomed his two younger brothers, Michael Mayhew and Andrew McDonald.
Rudy attended Newtown Boys’ R.C. Primary School where he successfully completed his Entrance Examinations. He was the only boy from Dibe to secure a coveted spot at one of the country’s most prestigious boys’ Catholic High Schools, Fatima College. Rudy earned honors and a distinction in Mathematics. Rudolph and his brothers lived in the same area of Dibe with his extended family for many years, eventually settling down in Freeport in Central Trinidad.
Rudy was employed at the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC), and worked for 33 and a third years of his life as a Senior Controller where he trained and led his shifts successfully, eventually retiring in August 2000,
In 1964 Rudy had his first son Sean. He would later marry Pearl McNish in 1966 and had three daughters, Charlene, Rhonda and Tricia. His last son, Richard would come later in 1972. He later met and married his beloved, Patricia Shirley Khan in 1982 until her departure from Earth in February 2014.
Rudolph's legacy will be cherished and survived by his five wonderful children, his two sons, Sean and his wife Sharon, and Richard; and by his three daughters and their spouses, Charlene & Thomas Banks, Rhonda & Ricardo Guillette, and Tricia & Henry Noel.
He was blessed with ten grandchildren who will also continue his legacy: Sherwyn, Teherah, Stephanie, Khalid, Sydney, Morgan, Bless, Liberty, Love and Neomie. From his grandchildren he was doubly blessed with five great-grandchildren, Kyliyah, Tayla, Elijah, Ian and Emilia.
Rudy was known as a quiet and decent man, yet a jolly and fun-loving individual. He loved celebrating life with his friends and family, and each grandchild knew that they were his “favorite one”. He was especially known for having special holidays and seasonal gatherings at his home in Freeport, where he and his wife Patricia lived. He was also very fond of the Carnival activities in which he joyfully participated. During Rudy's later years, one of his favorite things to do was to attend mass services every week at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church in Freeport, where he was a member of the Retirement Group. When he lived in Washington, DC, he would regularly attend mass services at Nativity Church with his favorite Aunty Ursula and their church friends.
Rudolph John Mayhew will surely be missed by his family and friends, especially his favorite Aunt Ursula; his sisters-in-law, Daphne Mayhew, Miriam Mayhew, Sandra McCarter, Jenny Francois, Cheryl Khan-Stanislaus; brother-in-law, Osmond Khan; close friends, especially Nigel Rawlins and Larry Du Boulet, 2 deceased Courtney Hollis and Reynold Khan and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless other relatives.
Now he is in the garden of Heaven; he will commune with his mother Marion, his father Irvin and his wife Patricia once again. He will also see his cousins, aunts and uncles who made the journey before him. They will be there all together celebrating his new life with him.
Thank you for your love and support in wishing “Daddy” farewell and goodbye, until we meet him again in Paradise.
Love always from His Family
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in memory of Rudolph and Patricia Mayhew to the ALS Association - https://www.als.org/donate