first_imgThe late Keith Wilson, a Liberian entrepreneur and international businessmanLiberian International Entrepreneur Mr. Keith Errol Wilson, a prominent Liberian and international entrepreneur, died suddenly on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Aspen Medical in Sinkor.Keith was born September 11, 1948 in Jamaica, the West Indies, unto the union of Mr. Cyril and Evelyn Wilson.  The couple emigrated to Liberia in 1964 with their children and immediately opened a successful butchery business at Clay Street, Monrovia.Keith went to school in England, where he studied at the Wolverhampton Grammar School.Upon their arrival in Liberia, Keith enrolled in Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), for a year, before traveling to the United States, to complete his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and obtained a degree in Economics.In 1972, Keith married Miss Euphemia Morgan. The marriage produced two children, Richard and Lisa. Keith subsequently married Diana and they had a son, Keith.He returned to Liberia in 1981 and went into private business. Later, he served the Monrovia City Hall as Chairman of the Council, during the administration of the late Mayor Lafayette Johnson.Keith remained in private business until the war. When he left Liberia, he engaged in several international business enterprises including working in Mexico and Europe.Keith met his wife Miss Tetee Marie Therese Mathelier in Miami, Florida in 1993. They returned to Liberia in 1997 and married on May 21, 1998.In 2001 Keith and Tetee moved to Rome, Italy where he ran his software development company until 2009.Later in 2009, they relocated to Oxford England, and continued his tech business. A year later, he returned to Liberia and got involved in construction.Keith’s parents and siblings, Elaine and Richard Wilson, predeceased him.He is survived by his  wife, Mrs. Tetee Marie Therese Wilson; his four children, Richard, Lisa, Keith and Michael, all in the United States working as young professionals; his only surviving sibling Michael Wilson and his wife Pauline. His mother-in-law Evelyn Mathelier, several in-laws including Ms. Monique Mathelier Kouwenhoven, Cllr. Oswald N. Tweh, several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends in Liberia, USA, Jamaica and the UK.Family and friends will celebrate Keith’s life on Saturday, November 23, at 3 p.m. at the Marshall Athletic Club in Marshall, Margibi County.The Rev. Charles B. Roberts of the Faith Healing Temple of Jesus Christ will officiate the service.In fulfillment of his wishes, Keith remains will be cremated and later scattered in his birthplace of Jamaica.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Christmas Eve, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said, “Minorities, descendants of those who crucified Christ … have grabbed all the wealth of the world for themselves.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center demanded an apology. It hasn’t happened. A 2005 State Department report on global anti-Semitism trends noted that Chavez had previously “cautioned citizens against following the lead of Jewish citizens in the effort to overturn his referendum victory.” Anti-Semitic leaflets were found available to the public in government ministry offices. On the other side of the globe, Chavez pal and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has for months been calmly calling for the destruction of Israel and branding the Holocaust a myth. On Jan. 2, newspapers printed a Q&A from Ahmadinejad in which the president said the creation of Israel after World War II had “killed two birds with one stone.” Europe, he wrote, was successful in “sweeping the Jews out of Europe and … creating a European appendix with a Zionist and anti-Islamic nature in the heart of the Islamic world.” He continued: “Zionism is a Western ideology and a colonialist idea … and right now it massacres Muslims with guidance and help from the United States and a part of Europe … Zionism is basically a new (form of) fascism.” With each commentary, Ahmadinejad’s frightening statements are less likely to make the front page. “This is anti-Semitism as statecraft,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center, told me. But even scarier is how many with a saner facade may agree. Modern anti-Semitic rhetoric or action is not limited to radical Muslim clerics spewing anti-Jewish, anti-Israel venom. No longer just a trait of ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazis, anti-Semitism is creeping from a far-left viewpoint where many see Israel and the United States – inextricably linked – as evil aggressors. A 2005 Anti-Defamation League survey of 6,000 adults in 12 European countries found that 43 percent of respondents believe Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own country, and 29 percent said that their opinion of Jews is influenced by Israeli policy. Of those, 53 percent said their opinion of Jews is worse. Such attitudes are encouraged by events such as the virulently anti-Semitic United Nations’ Durban conference on racism just days prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Cooper, who attended Durban, believes the conference was a turning point. Whereas progressive nongovernmental organizations would traditionally stand up for the Jewish community, NGOs are now part of the problem more than part of the solution, he said. “Wherever Israel, wherever the Jewish community looks, they see a lot of dark clouds,” Cooper said. “Friends are few and far between.” The State Department’s report noted increases in anti-Semitic incidences in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands. Political parallels are often noted, such as with growing Italian anti-Semitism: “According to pollsters, this trend is tied to … widespread opposition to the Sharon government and popular support for the Palestinian cause.” In Germany, a form of anti-Semitism is promoted “as part of … other stands against globalization, capitalism, Zionism, and foreigners.” More than 60 years after the fall of the Third Reich, many European Jews are discouraged from wearing identifying symbols for fear of harassment or attack. “Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are indicators of the moral collapsing of European society,” opined Larry Greenfield, California director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “Where anti-Semitism is growing, so too is the rise of jihad and the associated fall of European sovereignty and will to survive.” It’s not even so much the documented number of anti-Semitic incidents, said Cooper, as a “pervasive feeling of unease, and really a concern of whether or not there’s a future.” Will we let that future – of Israel, of the Jews, of humanity – be dictated by Ahmadinejad, Chavez, radical Islamists, a changing Europe? “Millions suffered through the ages because there were none to defend them,” Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center, said at a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI in November. How many of us will stand up against this modern wave of anti-Semitism? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.last_img read more