Tribute to Lewicito 'Cito' Velasquez

Lewicito 'Cito' Velasquez
Lewicito 'Cito' Velasquez
Masman 'Cito' Velasquez Passes Away
Lewicito 'Cito' Velasquez, ace Wire Bender/Masman, passed away on 8th April 2006.

About Lewicito 'Cito' Velasquez
Cito, as he was commonly called, was born on 51 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, on 23 June, 1928.

Paying Respect at the Wake

We are at the Barataria home of deceased Lewicito 'Cito' Velasquez where family and friends have gathered to celebrate his life. Mr. Velasquez passed away on 8th April 2006, at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. Cito was a master in the art of wire-bending. He was responsible for most of the changes that took place in the Fancy Sailor Mas, an area he dominated for many years. Cito spent many years building and designing his Mas from his Barataria home, a place where many of his friends and family would always remember.

Many of the Veteran Masmen and younger people who are here tonight have contributed tremendously to our culture. Friends and acquaintances from the neighbourhood and surrounding areas have already started coming to pay their respect, and to participate in the traditional Wake Ceremony. Tonight, we will be chatting with some of the people who are eager to share their memorable experiences with Cito.

Interviews Recorded by Reporters on April 09th and 11th, 2006

Cito's friends commemorate with us at his Funeral

The tributes being published today were recorded 12th April, 2006, at the St. Theresa R.C. Church in Malick, Barataria where the Funeral Service for Lewicito 'Cito' Velasquez was held.

Attending the Funeral Service were many of Mr. Velasquez friends, family members and associates including MP Eddie Hart, President of the National Carnival Band Leaders, Owen Hinds, and NCC Commissioner, Paula Atherly.

Cito's friends commemorate with us and this is what they had to say.

Interviews Recorded by Reporters on April 12th, 2006

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