SCDF mourns the loss of former president Karl – Tall Boy – Arndell

POSTED: 10/11/12 3:03 PM

GREAT BAY – President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Mike Granger said the foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of its former president Karl “Tall Boy” Arndell yesterday. “He was so close to many us,” Granger said, adding that Arndell was a dedicated adviser to the SCDF.

“He never wanted to get back into Carnival, but always said the door was open should we ever need advice on anything. Over the years successive presidents have called on Tall Boy, myself included, for advice and to simply pick his brain about Carnival and culture. Our foundation extends deepest sympathies to his family. He will be greatly missed,” Granger said.

After experiencing financial difficulties in 1983, it was doubtful weather Carnival would be celebrated the following year. Arndell, who was president at the time, contacted Keith Franca, then of the Kiwanis Club and Anselmo Scantlebery, then of the Jaycees Club for assistance, and the “Task Force” was born.

The task force was initially formed to save Carnival in 1984. However they were asked to stay on in 1985 to help coordinate the 15th anniversary celebrations. In 1986 the Task Force disbanded and Carnival was organized from then until 1989 by the St. Maarten Cultural and Festival Committee. In 1990, the then Commissioner of Culture, Valerie Gitterson Pantophlet requested the former Task Force members to return to organize the Carnival celebrations.

This group then became what is known today as the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation.

Arndell was also remembered during the constitution day meeting of parliament by several MPs and by Prime Minister Wescot-Williams. Arndell work as a bailiff a function that required him more than once to go after retailers selling counterfeit products.


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  1. Mrs Cynthia Hamilton says:

    To Arndell family.
    My heart goes out to you all, for the sad loss of Uncle Karl.
    May he rest in peace.
    All the family will be thinking of you all in London.
    He will never be forgotton.
    Our love goes out to you all.
    From The Humphrey family & Hamiltons too.

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