ST. EUSTATIUS - On Thursday, 4 September 2014, Kenneth Albert van Putten passed away peacefully at his home in Oranjestad, St. Eustatius.
Van Putten was born on 29 January 1937. This is a tremendous loss for the island of St. Eustatius as Mr. van Putten was the islands esteemed historian.
Mr. van Putten recognized that in order to understand the history and culture of the Golden Rock you needed to know this history of the Statia's familial lines.
Mr. van Putten was an Island Council Member, a Commissioner, an Island Senator and a leader of the Democratic Party. As an avid reader his intellect was impeccable making him a true leader of his day.
He is survived by his sister, Ms. Louise van Putten, his son Andre (Trinidad), and too many cousins to mention.
Mr. van Putten's legacy will live on through these people and from them new leaders will arise who can never fill his shoes, but will keep his light shining bright. (Contributed)