Delivering his eulogy at the Susamachar Presbyterian Church, Coffee Street, San Fernando yesterday, Professor John Agard remembered his friend as a “complicated, multi-faceted person” whose passing had come as a “shock and surprise” to his colleagues saying “in a panic” upon hearing the news had inadvertently called UWI St Augustine campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat to verify whether the news of Chadee’s death was factual .
Agard described Chadee as a “natural academic’ who was also an “uncompromising” Presbyterian’ and who although having published numerous papers both nationally and internationally was a devoted family man saying his commitment to his deceased sister’s two sons, Brian and Barry Samlalsingh, whom he raised as his own, was evidence of his family values .
However, Agard said Chadee was not a “teddy bear” and possessed an ‘argumentative and combative” side who expected the best from his students and fellow colleagues .
He recalled that his research always centred on Health, Epidemiology and Climate Change for which he was internationally recognised, especially for his work with the dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses .
Chadee published some 250 papers and book chapters in international peer review journals including publications for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) .
Chadee was cremated at Belgroves Funeral Home, San Fernando