Beloved veteran Physical Education teacher and sports official Steadroy Techeira has passed.
The Washington Archibald High School teacher was discovered dead inside his King Street home late Wednesday morning (Feb 15).
WINN FM visited the scene where colleagues, students, neighbours, family and friends had gathered as police officers and Magistrate Donna Harris went into the residence.
A friend of Mr. Techeira who was on the scene told WINN FM that the dedicated educator had not turned up for work Wednesday morning, which coworkers said was strange. After numerous calls to his phone went unanswered, someone went to his home, only to find it unlocked.
Techeira, 53, was reportedly found unresponsive lying in bed; his body had not yet gone into full rigor. The body was removed just after 12pm.
Techeira was well known locally and regionally as a football, cricket, and athletics coach and official.
Lifelong friend historian Zack Nisbett told WINN FM that the teacher was always busy working at one sporting discipline or another, and was always willing to help especially when it involved the youth.
Techeira had taught for over 30 years.
Director of Culture Troy “Biff” Mills was also at the scene and said he had already started receiving calls from sports contacts across the region inquiring if the news of Techeira’s passing was true.
Mills said he had spoken to his friend Tuesday evening when Techeira personally delivered some sports results to him for a radio presentation.
“This is such a blow to the entire sporting fraternity. Tish was involved in just about every sport. His students are devastated; I heard everything ground to a halt at Washie this morning when they heard the news.
“He will be missed by a lot of people, not just in St. Kitts, but from all over. I never met anyone who didn’t like Techeira.”
While a natural cause was suspected, an autopsy would have to be conducted to determine cause of death.