On April 15, 1937 Noel Rudolph (Rudy) Worrell was born to Sylvia (Baby) Worrell and Garfield Worrell in the St Michael parish of Barbados. He was the eldest of 7 children.
Known as N.R. by classmates, Noel by colleagues and Rudy by friends and family, Rudy attended Primary School at St Leonard’s Boys School (1942 – 1944), Wesley Hall Boys School (1944 – 1949) and Combermere Secondary School graduating in 1956.
He married his childhood sweetie Shirley and during this union of 57 years union were born 5 daughters.
Upon completing secondary school, Rudy worked for Barbados Public Service from 1956-1966. In 1966 he emigrated to Brooklyn, NY where he worked at the Barbados Mission to the United Nations until 1969, he went on to work for Merrill Lynch Brokerage as a Market Account Research Specialist. While working full-time he attended Brooklyn College at night when, in 1972, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. He continued his education at New York University and in 1974 earned a master’s degree in Public Administration. In 1981 he left Merrill Lynch for employment with NYC Human Resources Administrations as a Senior Analyst, retiring in 2002.
Rudy's interests included photography, travel, genealogy and writing. He traveled to England, Europe, Brazil & throughout the Caribbean and brought home a plethora of photos & mementos of his adventures. He researched the Worrell & Gittens family lineage back to the early 1800’s and compiled a comprehensive family tree. He was proud to be a Bajan and enjoyed learning about other cultures and languages. He also authored a quintet of short stories. Rudy enjoyed soccer, cricket & baseball.
Rudy transitioned from this life peacefully at home surrounded by immediate family on August 9, 2020. Those who were awaiting his heavenly arrival were his parents, Garfield & Sylvia Worrell, his sister Claudette Yarde & brother-in-law Cedric Williams.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Shirley, children: Shelley-ann, Toni, Nicole, Crystal & Nariya. Sons-in -law Wayne & Lester Jr. Grandchildren: Ashanti, Khaaled, Ciara, Makalya & Caleb. Great-granddaughter: London. Sisters: Patricia (and her husband Carl), Sarah & Sylvia. Brothers: Richard & Wendell (and his wife Sandy). Nieces: Charmaine, Carolyn, Ingrid, Mary-Naomi, Ruth-Abigail, Susanna-Pearl & Ester-Joy. Nephews: Ricardo, Antonio, Christopher, Timothy-John & David-John. Cousin: Vere (and his wife Jean) and a host of other cousins, relatives and lifelong friends and alumni.
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