Cameron A. Sandiford-Whittaker


Cameron Aralton Whittaker was born on October 18, 1920 to the late Harold Sandiford and Miriam Whittaker at Sea View, in the parish of St. James, Barbados. Affectionately known as “Cammie” to his friends, he attended St. James Primary School where he graduated. Upon leaving school he worked as an agricultural laborer and later as a pipe layer for the Water Authority of Barbados. Between 1940 and 1953 he worked in Trinidad in the oil industry. In 1952 he married our mother Anetha Bannister until her death in 1965.

In the late 1960’s, he emigrated to Boston, United States to join his brother Joseph and sister Elaine. Eventually he managed to bring all his children to the United States to join him as well. His late wife’s simple tenet “Take care of your children, they are your treasure” became his life’s mantra. He was an advocate for education and enrichment of the mind. He put great effort and energy into his children’s education and goals.

He worked for many years as a baggage handler for Eastern Airlines and Pan American Airways. He also worked for the Prudential Center and the Best Coat Company, working two jobs and long hours to help educate and support his children.

He was an avid reader of newspapers, had a sharp memory and could recall minute details of events long thought forgotten. He loved having things in order, would never be late for an appointment or meeting deadlines for payment of taxes or bills. He enjoyed the beach, playing  dominoes, watching baseball and wrestling. He could be stubborn and determined. Once he made up his mind, it was nearly impossible to convince him otherwise.  Underneath he was a resourceful, caring, and inspiring individual with a rare selfless heart who would give you the shirt off his back. He had an unparalleled generosity of spirit, with unlimited boundaries for his family. He never forgot where he came from and he never ever forgot his friends in Barbados. Upon his retirement, he travelled frequently to Barbados spending time with close friends and relatives.

He had exceptional wisdom and a witty sense of humor, and he loved America, his adopted home of over 45 years.

Our father had the patience of Job, the gentleness of St. Francis of Assissi and the wisdom of Solomon.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children: Elsa Walker, Carson Bannister Ret. Senior Superintendent of RBPF (Barbados), Gladwyn Bannister, Merlene Bannister-Clarke, Glindon, Patricia, Sandra and Ronald Whittaker and the late Deborah Whittaker.

Brother of   Joseph Sandiford and Elaine Woodley

Grandchildren: Ryan Whittaker, Errol, Stephen, Dale, Junior, Judy, Reginald and Sean Bannister, Derek and Timika Downes, Shanita Clarke and Garikai Dzvairo , Karen and Joyanne Bannister (Barbados).

Nieces and nephews: Shirley, Edrick, Cecilia and Velda Burnett (Barbados), Marva, Orphia, and Margaret Sandiford, Paul and Paula Woodley and Joan Smith.

Daughters-in-law: Joy Bannister (Barbados), Joan Bannister

Son-in-law Victor Clarke

Sister-in-law: Vivian Green (Barbados)

Brothers in law: Morton Worrell (Germany) and William Woodley.

Several great-grandchildren, grandnieces, cousins and other relatives including the Sandiford, Whittaker, Greenidge, Griffith, Burnett, Hinds and Mayers families.

Treasured friends: Jocelyn Jemmott, Richford Richards, Helena Haynes and Diana Haynes (Barbados).  A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 25th at the Dolan Funeral Home, LOWER MILLS, at 11AM. Visitation will begin at 10AM. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery.