It is with a high degree of sadness that the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) extends its condolences to the immediate family, the Lawòz Groups throughout St. Lucia and French Guyana and the wider cultural fraternity on the passing of Irvine Norville.
Irvine “Irve” Norville was a successful businessman providing essential food and other necessary items to the public from his business place known as Dilly’s Supermarket at Trinity Church Road in Castries.
Despite is busy business pursuits Mr. Norville found time to engage in extracurricular activities.
As far back as 1971, Mr. Norville was part of a committee comprising Martin Elwin and Eric Branford established to promulgate St. Lucia’s Flower festivals of Lawòz and La Magwit.
His love for Lawòz was such that he became the King of the Castries Group and maintained that position for a number of years.
He relinquished the position on account of ill health and notwithstanding his condition he continued he to attend Lawòz séances in Castries and other areas.
Mr. Norville’s dedication to the art form was such that he provided his personal funds to uphold the Castries Group which was nearing extinction at some point.
Mr. Norville was always a friend of the FRC. His last visit to its headquarters at Mount Pleasant was in 2017 when his business sponsored a Children’s Lawòz festival.
Mr. Norville was a man with many talents. He was an Actor who played a role in Derek Walcott’s play (Ti Jean and his brothers) directed by Mc Donald Dixon.
As a philanthropist he assisted people in the Dennery community to establish friendly societies called “Mongoose” designed to assist with the funerals of persons who pass away.
He was also a lover of carnival and was involved in the staging of The first ebony queen and calypso show in Vieux-Fort.
Like the many Cultural Icons who have passed, Mr. Norville will be sadly missed. His contribution to the cultural development of the country should not go unnoticed but appreciated by generations to come.