A memorial service was held this past Saturday, August 10th at 11:30 a.m. at The Balmoral Club (on Sanford Drive) for Bahamian entertainer the late Sylvester “Sly” Roker.
The event was attended by family, friends and members of the local music industry. Speakers included Isaiah Taylor, leader of the Grammy Award winning group “Baha Men”; family members, 100 Jamz Sales Manager Kevin Darville, as well as local singer/songwriter Nehemiah Hield, who also performed a soul-stirring rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “I Did It My Way”. Former Radio Personality and Pastor of Charisma Church Kevin “Minister K” Harris gave a word of encouragement and prayed for the children of Sly Roker.
A public viewing was also held on Saturday, August 10th; Monday, August 12th and again on Tuesday, August 13th at Restview Mortuary on Soldier Road and Prince Charles Drive.
Roker died in Turks & Caicos on July 17th. He is survived by many siblings, children and grandchildren who loved him dearly.
Sly is well known for his contribution to Bahamian music, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s when he performed on the music circuit all through the Bahamas Islands and internationally as well. He spent a lot of his time in the 1980s at Compass Point studios working with musicians such as Robert Palmer and Johnny Kemp.
There are very few Bahamian musicians from ‘back in the day’ that don’t know or haven’t worked with Sly. He was loved and respected by the entertainment community here in The Bahamas.
In 2016, he was honored during the 43rd Independence celebrations for his contribution to The Bahamas through music.
Over the last 12 years, Sly spent most of his time in Turks & Caicos where he enjoyed a simpler, quieter island life. He reconnected with many of his childhood friends and family member and was proud to ‘retire’ in Turks and Caicos, where beautiful beaches were at his back door.