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Retired Methodist Minister Rev William Wilberforce Watty has died

William Wilberforce Watty, affectionately known as “Reverend William Watty” of Portsmouth Dominica has died at the age of 89. Rev Watty was born on December 1, 1933, in Portsmouth Dominica.

Reverend Watty attended The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados from 2005-2010. Upon graduation, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology. 

He started his career as a civil servant in 1955, but quickly rose to other positions such as that of Acting Principal, at Virgin Islands Secondary School, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Senior Methodist Tutor, Lecturer in Old Testament Language and Literature, Church History, United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), Kingston, Jamaica; Superintendent Minister, Roseau and the Dominica Circuit, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas (MCCA). 

He has served in many capacities across the Caribbean in countries such as the British Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and his native, Dominica.  He has written three publications namely Awakening to Wider Horizons, From Shore to Shore: Soundings in Caribbean Theology in 1981; and The Nathan Narrative in 2 Samuel 7:1-17: A Tradition-historical Study in 2016.  Reverend Watty is the Founder of the Student Christian Movement in Trinidad in 1965 and was a lay member of the Silk Advisory Committee.

In 2019 he received the UWI Alumni Receive Pelican Awards from Open Campus Alumni Chapters.