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|Dr. Keith D. Albury died on Tuesday, January
24, 2006, at 5:37 p.m. EST, in the Scottsdale Health Care Hospital,
Arizona after a one year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Man of God,
Scholar, Gentleman, Visionary Leader, Loving Husband and Father
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|West Indies Union Conference:
The West Indies Union Conference mourns the lost of one of its leaders,
pastor Keith Albury, President of the North Bahamas Mission who died on
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 after undergoing surgery to remove fluid from
the heart and lungs.
|Bahamas Conference Conference & North
Bahamas Mission: Pastor Leonard Johnson, President of The Bahamas
Conference, Pastor Errol Tinker, Executive Secretary of the North Bahamas
Mission and Acting President, other administrators, pastors, and members
of the Adventist churches in The Bahamas, extend deepest condolences to
Ann, his wife, his sons, Anson, Alden, Brendon, and parents.
(Shepherdess International, Bahamas): I take this opportunity to express
my condolences to you, Anson, Alden and Brendon on behalf of your sisters
in Ministry, in Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It was
gratifying to observe you at Keith’s bedside rendering support and
comfort. You demonstrated true Christian virtues as you presented
yourself as lover, wife, nurse, chef, spiritual leader, confidant, mother
and many more to Keith. May you continue to find solace in your God who
has comforted you during Keith’s illness. Be assured of our continued
prayers and love.
: Dr. Jeffrey Thompson ,
President, Cayman Islands Conference; Pastor Wilton McDonald, Executive
Secretary , Cayman Islands Conference; Mrs. Sheila Woods, Treasurer,
Cayman Islands Conference ; pastors, teachers, and members of the
Adventist churches in the
Cayman Islands Conference, extend deepest sympathies to Ann, his dear
wife, his sons, Anson, Alden, Brendon, parents and host of other
Pastor Donald G. King and wife Lois
Atlantic Union Conference): My colleagues and I at the Atlantic Union
are greatly saddened by the loss of a stalwart leader in the Bahamas. We
extend deepest condolences to his wife, Ann; his sons, Anson, Alden,
Brendon, and parents. May His peace never
cease in your hearts as you cope with this loss but also as you look
forward to the great hope of our Lord’s soon coming.
Dr. Joseph M. Hutchinson (Edmondson Heights Adventist,
Baltimore, MD 21229 US) May the Lord comfort you with his therapeutic,
sustaining and awesome presence. Be anointed, blessed, comforted,
healed, touched, and strengthened by the indwelling Holy Spirit. He
promises a grand and glorious day of reunion, glorious resurrection,
immortal realities and ultimate hope. I met Pastor Keith Albury in 1970
and ' 71 in Nassau and later when he studied at NCU then West Indies
College. He preached for me with anointing, power, and awesome results
in the late 1978 and 1979. He a wonderful, good, and stellar
individual. My family has great, eternal, and good memories of a
dedicated, dynamic, productive and illustrious personality, Pastor
Albury. He has written an excellent life story and we can celebrate with
promise that we will meet again, 'when the Saints go marching in.' The
best is yet to come. There will be no pause in the better land and
glorious life awaiting Keith. Our sincere love, deep empathy, and
prayers are with you Ann, Alden (we met again at the Innovative
Impact Baltimore Conference), Alden, Brendon, and all other immediate
relatives and friends. He'll rise again.
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph I. Evans (Bahamas) To The Albury Family:
May God's riches blessings be with you at this solemn time. It was
under the dynamic leadership of Pastor Albury that the Grants Town
church was the first to implement the computerization of the treasury
department. I was the treasurer and worked closely with him. He was a
great teacher, preacher and friend. I will never forget his kindness
and concern for his family and church family. Certainly we look
forward to seeing him on that great resurrection day. May his soul
rest in peace.
|Leo & Terri Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas):
We are very deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague,
Pastor Albury. Leo is presently off the Island, but joins me in extending
our best to you at this time. Please be assured of our sincere prayers on
your behalf. We are confident that God will keep you and comfort you
during this time; He promised that He would.
Ezra D. Fider (General Conference
Auditing Service): I was deeply disturbed when the news of
the passing of my colleague and friend Pastor Keith Albury came.
The news came while the General Conference Auditing Service
(Inter-American Area) was in meeting in Cancun, Mexico. For
those of us who knew him it was a very personal blow. The team,
along with the world director of the service, Eric Kroff and his
wife, joins us in wishing Ann and her sons God's divine guidance
in this their time of loss. It is our prayer that the peace of
God will rest on each of you. On a personal note, Carol Joy
and our daughters also express our condolence to Pastor Albury's
immediate family and the family of the North Bahamas Mission.
Stanley Major and family:
Remember that God is still in control, and He knows all things. Therefore,
He will continue to care for you, if you let Him. We have been there and
we know that, with God's help, you will overcome. Our prayers and support
are with and for you. We will be in touch personally with the Albury and
Brennen families. God bless.
Winsome Phillips (Shepherdess
Association, East Jamaica Conference): It is with deepest regret
that we heard about the passing of your dear husband. The East Jamaica
Conference Shepherdess share in your loss. We can only empathize and
assure you that our constant prayers are with you and your family. God has
promised that he will take care of His own. Grieve you must, but
hold on to the promises. God be with you always.
and I and the Greater New York Conference, deeply regret the untimely
passing of Dr. Keith Albury. Truly, he was a man of God and a visionary
leader. Dr. Albury was a soldier for Jesus and it is said that a soldier
never dies, he only sleeps. Thank God he is a sleep in Jesus awaiting the
resurrection. Our prayers are with his beloved wife Ann and children as
well as to all family members and Church members of the North Bahamas
Mission. May God grant you all the strength that is required to endure
such pain. Keep trusting.
Pastor Floyd S. Spence
(Toronto, Canada): The Ministerial fraternity has lost a great
leader. My deepest sympathy to the family and my prayers are with you.
|Lesma Coote (West Indies Union,
Jamaica): Dear Sis. Albury and the rest of family, My deepest condolences
to you and the entire Bahamas Mission I want you to be assured that the
Lord is with you in this time of bereavement. May He give you the strength
to go through this period.
Pastor Errol & Mrs. Denise Thomas
(Jamaica): Dear Sister Albury & Family, we grieve with you--the loss is
great. Be of good courage--we are praying for you. God bless you all.
Officers, Departmental Directors,
Pastors, other Workers and Members of North Jamaica Mission. The
Albury's and Church Families We express our deepest sympathy, profound
sadness and the tremendous loss of one of the great leaders of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church in West Indies Union. Pastor Albury
has impacted the lives of so many people in a positive way. We are
robbed of a brilliant mind and a visionary leader, one who
articulated his vision clearly. Take comfort in the blessed hope that
we all embrace, that one day all our lost possessions will be
restored, and remember that weeping may endure for a night but joy
comes in the morning. We love you and we are praying for you.
East Jamaica Conference Administration- The
Administrators of East Jamaica Conference Pastor Adrian Cotterell,
Pastor Arlington Woodburn and Elder Bancroft Barwise extend
their sincere sympathy to Ann and the children and the other family
members on the passing of Dr. Keith Albury. Take heart and God Bless you
and keep you in His care "There are many things in life we cannot
understand, But we must trust God's judgment and be guided by His hand,
And all who have God's blessing can rest safely in His care
for He promises safe passage on the wings of
faith and prayer.
The Nathans (Jamaica): Please accept
sincerely condolence on behalf of Everton and Nazrene Nathan and
family on the passing of our dear friend Pastor Keith Albury. We are
confident that God will give you all the strength to go through this
period of mourning. May it help to know that warmest thoughts are
with you and your family during this difficult time, and may the
cherished memories of your loved one provide you with comfort and ease
your sorrow." Deepest Sympathy
|Edith V. Roach (Bahamas) To Ann,
Bro.& Sis Brennen, Sis. Fannette and families: Be
comforted in the fact that 'God knows best: He does all things well.' May
He continue to strengthen and keep you.
|Ed Rahming Sr. & Emily Rahming extend
our profound sympathies to the family as a whole on this sad occasion. A
true friend, our former church pastor at Hillview and spiritual guardian
who will be dearly missed until "THEN".
Alex Miller (Columbia, South
Carolina): I saw Dr. Albury briefly as a fellow student over the
course of 4 or so months in the 1970s at NCU and was captivated by his
presence. Take comfort in knowing that Keith prosecuted his calling
with zeal and touched many lives in positive ways.
Allison Mason: My prayers are
with you and the family. Please give my love to everyone. I cannot
locate the e-mail address I had. Please pas the words of this beautiful
hymn on to Ann and the boys for me. If there is any assistance I can
provide at this time please let me know.
Through All The Changing Scenes of
- Through all the changing scenes of
- In trouble and in joy
- The praises of my God shall still
- My heart and tongue employ
- Oh make but trial of his love
- experience will decided
- How blessed are they and only they
- Who in His truth confide
- Oh magnify the Lord with me
- With me exalt His name
- When in distress
- To Him I called
- He to my rescue came
To Father Son and Holy Ghost
- The God whom we adore
- Be glory as it was it now
- And shall be evermore
- And shall be evermore!
- Your sister in Christ
- Allison Mason
Basil and Nadia Been: We are very
deeply saddened by your loss, and truly,it is our loss too. May the
Lord cradle you in His mighty, gentle arms. May you feel tangible
evidences of His constant presence with you. Most of all, may He grant
you the strength to remember and to believe now more than ever, that we
walk by faith, not by sight and ALL things MUST work together for the
good of them that love the Lord and are the called according to HIS
purpose. We love you; you are in our hearts and prayers always.
|Dr. & Mrs. H. Hugh Maynard-Reid
extend our sympathy to the family at this time of grief. May our God
give us all the strength we need in this time.
|Moses Mitchell (St.
Martin, Guadeloupe conference): I am really so very sorry.
It is indeed a great loss, but in these moments of your greatest loss and
needs please please know that a gracious heavenly father who knows best is
still in charge and constantly watches over you. He knows your pain
and he is strengthening you right now, His angels are by your side will
see you through the following difficult hours and days.
Friends and families are around to give the
human side of God's help. I am only sorry that I am so far away, but my
thoughts and prayers are with you from the moment I heard. Keith has
been faithful to death and I just want you to be also He has fought a
good fight and the crown awaits him as well as you and the rest of us.
Moments like these really make us home sick for heaven. . It wont be long;
we will see Keith soon because Jesus is just around the corner.
GOOD COURAGE AND GOD STRENGTHENS YOU ALL THE
|Lisa-Marie Samuels (West Indies
Union, Jamaica): The Seventh-day Adventist Church has lost a great leader;
and the Albury family, a beloved husband and father. I pray that God will
give comfort and peace to the Sis Ann, Anson, Alden and Brendon. Be
assured that we are with you during this difficult period. To the workers
and members of North Bahamas Mission, may God grant you peace and comfort
also. My deepest condolence.
Pastor Trevor and Mrs. Jean
Thompson (Oklahoma): Please accept our sincerest and deepest
condolences. May the God of love, grace, mercy, compassion, comfort and
peace, embrace and sustain you, dear Ann, Anson, brother, sisters, and
rest of the family. Alden, Brendon, parents, “Blessed are the dead who
die in the Lord”. Rev. 14:13
Michelle Williams (San
Salvador, Bahamas): We heard the news yesterday morning and was
indeed sadden by Pastor Albury's
death. I know it must have be hard on your family, especially his
wife. May you all find comfort in the word of God and the
in precious memories of Pastor Albury's
life. He will be missed by all, as the news of his passing became
the subject of conversations throughout the region yesterday. My
family and the entire Cockburn
Town SDA family, are praying that
Ann, the children and the rest of the family be strong at this time.
Everyone sends their love.
|Clayton & Victoria Forbes and family
Our deepest sympathies and prayers goes out to the Albury Family on the
passing of Pastor Keith Albury. We pray that you keep hope alive of
reuniting with him when Jesus comes to take us all home.
Pastor Virgil Sams and Family (St. Kitts)
was John Dunn the great poet who said, “When a man dies it diminishes me
because I am a part of mankind.” Today I am diminished. Dr. Keith
Albury's family and the whole community are diminished by the loss of a
valuable life. On
behalf of myself and family I wish to convey my deepest condolences to
the family of Dr. Keith Albury, and also to the Bahamas and North
Bahamas Conferences. I am deeply saddened by this news. I first met
Dr. Albury in March, 1998 when came to the Bahamas for a Field School of
Evangelism with Pastor Leslie V. McMillan. I had deep admiration for
Dr. Albury’s Christian leadership. Certainly He was a man of God. By
God's grace we look forward to see him in heaven.
|Parriott: Condolences from Sis.Debbie
Perriott Lokas and Majeeda....May God continue to strengthen and bless
Dr. Pedrito Maynard-Reid (Washington): We
are saddened with the lost of a dear friend and student.
Elva Atkins: I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend
Pastor Keith. The Lord took him because his work was done. I pray that
the Lord will continue to strengthen Ann and the sons and the rest of
|Pastor Arlington Woodburn, Mrs. Sophia
Dormer, Mrs. Carlene Grant, Mr. Errol Vaz, Mr. Pete Saunders (East
Jamaica Conference): This morning the East Jamaica Conference
communication team grief with you at the passing of your love one and our
friend, he was truly a man of God and we certainly miss him. We will keep
u in our prayers and never forget that the Good Lord will always
take care of u and that we have a great hope, hope in the coming of the
Lord where we will one day see Pastor Keith again.
|Anthony Burrows (Trinidad& Tobago):
.Please accept our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. I am
joined with Sandra, Adam, Alexa and Ashley in assuring you of our prayers
and that the God we serve is willing and able to hold you in the hollow of
His hand as you seek His strength. Remember that we will understand it
all bye and bye. God bless and keep you.
and Sandra Darling: We wish to extend our deepest condolences
and prayers to Pastor Keith Albury's family during this time. May God give
you all comfort, strength and peace as you journey through this difficult
and very sad time.
Monique and Audley Mithcell
extend our sincerest condolences to you. We are saddened to hear of
Pastor Albury's passing, but we seek to encourage you with the knowledge
that Jesus will reunite you in eternity.
God bless you and comfort you.
|Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Courtney: We
wish to offer sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of
our late President, Pastor Albury. May God grant them the grace and
strength to endure in their hour of bereavement.
Stephanie Hutcheson: I am so sorry. I
pray God's strength and His peace for you all. Please know that I'm
praying towards this end.
|Pastor Mark Ewen and
Family (Andros): It is my prayer that God will comfort the entire
family at this time. Praise God, that He has given us hope in His coming
and in the resurrection. In a little while we will see Pastor Keith
Albury: husband, father, friend, president, pastor and colleuge in
ministry. Weeping will endure for a night, but praise God joy comes in the
|Sharon Roach and
Daughter, T'Nee' (Bahamas): May God be with you and yours during
this your hour of bereavement. Our continued prayers for strength during
this time is with you all as well.
Mrs. Elvardo Perpall (Bahamas):
Our hearts are heavy at
the news of the passing of this great man. We too feel sense of loss
and yet, we rejoice that we had the opportunity to know him. God bless
and comfort you all in your time of need. May God keep us all faithful
so that one day, we will meet again. “Precious in the sight of God, is
the death of his children."
|David and Pansy Brown and Family
(Bahamas): Please accept our sympathy with regards to the passing of
Pastor Albury. God is able to heal your sorrow as we look forward to the
Second Coming of Christ. On behalf of the Brown-Miller Family: David,
Pansy, Shonet, Renieson, Dillette and Amber-Layne.
Betty Kemp (Bahamas): To the Albury family, A time like this
is difficult for so many people. May it comfort you to know that there is
support with you at all times from God, friends and loved ones. All of my
love and prays to Sis. Albury, Annson, Aldonand Brandon.
|Maxine Bennett (Florida):
Please accept my sincere sympathy. I followed the updates on Pastor
Albury, praying for him at the times mentioned. I now conclude it is God's
permissive or sovereign will. Again my sincere condolence.
|Shane Gardiner: There are very few
Ministers who could call me by name regardless to the venue, Pastor KD was
one who knew me. on behalf of my wife Kate I would like to give my most
sincere condolences to the entire family including the extended church
|Alexia B. Coakley: On Behalf of
Cable 12 - The Community Channel, I wish to extend condolences to the
entire Adventist Community especially the Albury family. I enjoyed the
privilege of working along with Pastor Albury in establishing the now
existing relationship between the Adventist Conference and Cable 12. Our
prayers are with you all at this time and we will continue to be of
support to you and yours at this very difficult time.
Alrick DeMontaque (West Indies
Union Conference Resource Center):
He is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that
he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all
that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you
can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that
You can turn your back on tomorrow
and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow
because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he
Or you can cherish his memory and let
it live on,
You can cry and close your mind be
empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
To the Albury's Family, I sense the
numbness that you are experiencing at this time but please know that I
am praying for you and i hope the words of this poem will inspire you
in some way.
Drs Earl & Hope Campbell (Nashville
TN) We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We are praying
that the promises of God and the fond memories of Keith will comfort you
in the days ahead.
|Mr. & Mrs Marcos Almanzar & Family
(Freeport, Grand Bahama): Sincere condolences is extended to Sister Ann
Albury and sons. Our hearts are sadden by the passing of your dear husband
and father. As we continue to pray for you, may you fine comfort in these
words in 2 Tim 4:7, 8 knowing that Pastor Albury have fought a good fight,
he has finished his course and he has kept the faith. Henceforth there is
laid up for him a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, shall give him at that day and to all them that love His appearing.
Britney-Simone & Shelby-Nicole (Nassau, The Bahamas): Our hearts are
truly saddened in the passing of Pastor Keith Albury. May the Lord
continue to comfort and give you peace until you are reunited with him in
that glad reunion day.
Jr. (East Jamaica Conference): I just want to send my condolences to
the family of Pastor Albury, especially his sons. I attended the Grants
Town SDA church as member while he was there. My name is Howard Johnson
Jr. (Mrs. Iris Johnson’s son). Stay strong in the Lord and remember if we
are all faithful we will see him again.
Rosie Campbell: My
condolences for Ann and her three sons and also the mother/sister of
Pastor Keith Albury. Jesus said when He went up to heaven that He would
send us a comforter. He is with you now. Just stay close to him. He
will see you through.
|Pastor Lynden Williams
(District Pastor, Eleuthera, Bahamas): I will remember Pastor Albury
best for his visionary leadership, and daring to think outside the box. As
a young intern in Eleuthera, he encouraged and guided me, so that I would
avoid some of the pitfalls that were coming my way. He was a practical
and walked with Kings, but could relate to beggars. I will long remember
the theological debates that he referred among us as ministers, and his
contagious sense of humor at the end of the discussion. Despite his
academic achievements, he was willing to listen and learn from those who
were not as well qualified as he, and would give credit where it was due.
His ministry in Eleuthera has impacted many lives, and he will be greatly
missed. To Ann and the rest of the family, Jackie joins me in
mourning the loss of a colleague, brother and leader. I encourage you to
cast your care upon an all loving, all wise, compassionate Saviour,
because "he cares for you." May his memories linger on.
(Bahamas): Dear Sis. Ann, please accept my deepest condolences on
the passing of Pastor Albury. He was really a man for all seasons.
His death has left me crying because it brought back the memories of the
death of my husband Bro. Ed - gone so young - only one year
difference in age at their death. The Lord is able to keep you and
yours in perfect peace. He promised never to leave us alone. I know it is
hard. I know there are questions that we need answers for, but we will
understand it better when Jesus comes. Be strong in the Lord and He will
see you through. My prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
Andrew, Maureen, Morgan &
Manishka Gilbert (Bahamas): were greatly saddened, socked
and grieved on learning of the demise our friend and brother in Christ.
Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to you, Ann, the boys and the
extended family. Be assured of our prayers and support and we commit all
of you to the comforting arms of our God who knows and does all things
Johnson (Central Bahamas of the Bahamas): To the Albury
Family in particular Mrs. Darlene Deveaux, Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Darlene, our prayers are with you and your family in this your
hour of bereavement. The Divine Harvester takes His own at His will
when He pleases. He knows best and we cannot question Him. Use this
opportunity to reunite the family in a closer walk with God knowing that
you will meet your beloved again.
Farquharson and Marvette: Sis. Ann we feel with you and for you and the
family during this time. Pastor Keith was a pastor, a friend, an
example and a true spiritual leader. May God keep you and the family
in covering of his Almighty arms. You are
in our prayers always.
Ellissa “Lisa” Minnis
Mwesigwa (Berrien Springs, Michigan): Words cannot express
the sadness I feel today for you. We have truly lost a great
Bahamian son, a great leader, preacher, evangelist and visionary.
Pastor Albury was the change agent for so many initiatives
including, church and conference building projects and evangelist
efforts. He served his family, church and nation with such great
professionalism, passion and commitment. He dedicated his life to
the church from his youth and forged forward against all the odds,
turning each stumbling block into a stepping stone. In particular I
express my love to his parents, his siblings including his sister
and my best friend Wendy Albury Butler, my heart Mrs. Fanette
Albury, Mrs Ann Albury, Anson, Brenden and Alden and all other
relatives and friends. Pastor Albury was supported, nurtured and
encouraged by a special brand of women. His mother, sisters and his
loving wife are a special and unique blend. These special nurturers
along with his father, brother and church family helped him to be
the great person that he was. His sons can be proud and can hold
their head high for the gift such a great mentor. Father Jesus will
comfort you, lead you and guide you until you meet him again. Our
President, Pastor, Mentor, Leader, Father, Husband, Brother, Friend
is simply resting and though gone, he will never be forgotten, not
in our hearts or memories.
Pastor Manley Phillips (Director,
Youth Ministries, East Jamaica Conference): We are deeply sadden
on hearing of your husband's death. Keith was a close friend of mine
and I am assured by the evidence of his lifestyle that the golden
morning will give hope to you and the children. Until then the loving
arms of Jesus is sufficient for you and all. Accept condolences on
behalf of the Youth Ministries Department of East Jamaica Conference and
also on behalf of my wife and sons.
Lisa, Carla Kemp &
Donna Neymour: Heartfelt
condolences and deepest sympathy to the Albury's. Pastor Keith Albury
was truly a man of God who has inspired so many. He will truly be
missed. Remember, Sis. Albury, Anson, Alden and Brandon that earth has
no sorrow that heaven cannot cure. Weeping may endure for a night but
joy comes in the morning. We will keep you in our prayers and in our
hearts. Be encouraged, we love you but God loves you more. May his
soul Rest In Peace.
& Sis. Lynn Smith, Nashanda, Shanae and Dawn
As you make your
way through the fog of tears
A landslide of
heartache and multiple fears
remembering you in our prayers
While God holds
you safe in the palm of His hands
And sends His
angels to help you stand
remembering you in our prayers
Each moment you
long for strength, peace and rest
fighting this willful test
remembering you in our prayers
When a ray of
hope pierces the grief of night
And your faith
is sustained by the heavenly light
We are dropping
to our knees and thanking our God
For the grace of
prayer and your spirits restored.
our Lord Jesus Christ, “who is the God of all comfort”; comfort, sustain
and strengthen you during this your most trying time of sorrow. Your
loss also registers our loss and is deeply felt by us. Our prayers,
sympathy, and love are with you
Nashanda, Shanae, and Dawn Smith
(Nassau, Bahamas) extend our deepest condolences to the Albury
family during this time of sorrow. You are in our prayers, may God
give you the strength you need to make it through. We love you. “The
angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and
delivereth them. Psalm 34:7
|Clive & Debbie Campbell (Canada):
Please accept my regards. We are sadden to hear about the death of Pastor
Albury. Please convey our greetings to his wife and family. We ask Gabriel
to bring him back, however the angel said you must wait until the second
advent when the dead in Christ shall arise to meet the Lord in the air.
Death as robbed us of a father, a husband, a great worker. But as
Adventists we look beyond the grave. So to his wife and family cheer up!
Song 214 We have this hope.
Harvey Braithwaite & Family (Bahamas):
with painful heart that I write this note after being informed of the
passing of your dear husband and father. Indeed he was a man of God, a
man of vision, a leader well loved and respected by many in this country
and those who came to know or learn of him. He will be sadly missed by
all of us in the Bahamas Conference.
As you go through this dark
valley, have no fear for God is with you. The Psalmist David declared
is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore
will not we fear……..”
This same God has made us a promise, a promise that gives us hope. He
says in John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in
God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I
will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye
may be also.”
We have this hope
in the promise that He is coming again.
– “For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will
not tarry.” He has promise us that at his coming the dead in Christ
will rise first. At this time we would be reunited with our loved ones.
must remain faithful to God and to His course, abounding always in the
love of Christ. I say to you all, “Be strong in the Lord and in the
power of His might.”
has left us a peace that passes all understanding, a peace that this
world would never know or understand. With this peace although the
storms of life are ragging all around you, there is still peace in your
heart, because Jesus is in the vessel. Luke 14:27 “Peace
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth,
give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be
encouraged my family as my wife and I continue to pray that, the God of
all comfort would keep you ever in the Hallow of His hand.
Tony Rugless (Florida,
USA): I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that your
friends love you and are praying for you.
Shonét A. Brown (Naples, FL) : For Anson, Please keep
trusting in God. Your Oakwood family remembers and is praying for
you. God can and He will hold you now.
Pastor Dr. Newton U. Cleghorne (Youth
Ministries Director Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day
Adventists): On behalf of the over twenty-six thousand youth of
the Northeastern Conference here in NY City and my wife, Neslin, I
wish, with a chocking sense of reality, to express my deepest
condolence at the passing of my batchmate and Pastor of my graduating
class of 1979, President Dr. Keith Albury. I spoke to Ann, his wife
this morning and prayed with her and expressed words of condolence.
Ann and children, I pray that strength and comfort will be your
experience at this time. Dr. Albury was an inspiration to all of us.
He was focused on assisting in the finishing of the work of God in the
Bahamas and throughout the West Indies Union and beyond. His passing
is a sobering reality of the brevity of life and the humaness of man.
Like the poet, "Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our
lives sublime and departing leave behind us footprints on the sand of
time." The life of Dr. Pastor Keith Albury will be indelibly etched
on the canvass of life. Rest on my friend, Keith, the morning of the
resurrection will soon break to an immortal bloom.
Carlton & Ronda Chambers and family
(Jamaica): We are deeply saddened and are at a loss for words to say at
this time of such great loss. No words can take away the pain you must
be going through and death continues to baffle us. But keep holding onto
God, knowing that Christ will always remain..."your Provider, your
Protector, your Comforter, your Counselor, your Constant in the chaos,
your Source of strength", your Refuge. May this period of pain and
adjustment bring you closer to God. We continue to pray for you.
|Godfrey, Lorraine, Pharez and Kezia Rolle.---
I am truly lost for words .! I Godfrey Rolle the old Englerston track
coach cannot explain how much of an influrnce Pastor Albury had in my life
. during Englerston track championship years, I took a delight in knowing
that we had the fastest pastor in the Conference , I also took a delight
in knowing that it was he who caused me to know Jesus personally. On
behalf of me and my family I send condolences out to sister Albury and
|Pastor Franklin Grant (Youth pastor
Gardena Community Adventist Church, California): I was deeply touch by the
sad news of the passing of my dear friend Keith. Our friendship goes back
to the day at west Indies College when along with Moses Michell we use to
set up until early morning studying our preparing assignment for Dr:
Pedrito-Maynard Reid. He was a great help to me, because of my Spanish
background i was not verse in English, and he patiencetly help me so i
could pass my exams. My deepest condolences to his dear family, and
to his dear friend Pastor Jeff K.Thompson. It was Sir Walter Raleigh
who said " Even such is time that takes in trust, our joy, our youth,our
all we have; and pays us with earth and dust. But from this earth, this
grave this dust my God shall rise me up I trust". "In the
resurrection morning when the trump of God shall sound,we shall rise
alleluia we shall rise"
|Donald Bain, Doralyn Gaylena Kenyetta
( Maranatha Nassau Bahamas): We extend our deepest condolences to the
Albury family during this time of sorrow. WE asked GOD to heal him but
GOD saw something better. We have this hope that we know if we be
faithful will see him in the NEW JERUSALEM with a New Body. So cheer up
Sis. Albury and the boys we know he will be missed but, he left us with a
good GODLY legacy behind. We will have you and the boys in our prays.
Ms.Mavis Rolle and Family (Freeport ,Grand
Bahama): On behalf of my family and I ,we would like to extend our
deepest sympathy to the Albury family on the passing of a dear husband,
father ,brother and friend. He has touched our lives in so many ways
.We encourage you to be strong ,for we know that God will not put more
on us than we can bear. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. May
God continue to bless you in this your time of bereavement.
|Dr. Trevor O'Reggio: I want to
express my deep sadness on the death of Keith, my friend and batchmate.
We started together as students at WIC. I remember Eric Nathan and myself
praying with Keith on top of the boys' dormitory 30 years ago. He was a
true friend and brother. We will cherish the memories and carry his legacy
with us. He was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary leader, a
great preacher, a tremendous administrator and a man of God. He lived
life to the fullest. May God take you in his loving arms and comfort you
and reassure you of the glorious promise of the resurrection. We know we
will see Keith again. Let the Lord Jesus be your comforter
Doreen P. Washington & Family
(MIAMI, FLORIDA): My family, Phillip, Donny and I, extend sincere
condolences to Sister Ann Albury and family. May you find comfort in
the incalculable hours Dr. Albury spent blazing the trail for the
Master. We join you in believing that before long, we will again share
with this brave warrior – this time in the earth made new. May God keep
Pastor Linton G. Williams:
North Street & Arnold Road Adventist Churches, Kingston Jamaica):
Keith was indeed a man of God. I met him at WIC in 1978 and found
him to be a true leader and a spiritual giant. I remember his
sermons at our camp meetings at Robins Bay, St. Mary, Jamaica. They
were powerful and spirit-filled. Soldier, sleep on. The Golden
Morning is fast approaching. We will see you again soon. Ann and
family, my family and I and all the members of my congregations
express our deepest condolences to you all. Remember Isa. 41: 10.
|Burnett& Pauline Robinson
the children and family members to know that you are in our thoughts and
prayers. May God grant you strength to cope with your irreparable loss.
Keith was like a bright meteor that flashed across the landscape of our
life , left a bright trail of light and leaves us to consider our fate and
to put our life in order. Thank God for a thing call hope. The Blessed
Hope may it buoy you all up as you face the days ahead.
|Melissa, Mia, Myles Dean-(Freeport
Adventist Church, Bahamas):
To Ann my beloved sister in Christ
and her sons my deepest and sincere sympathy. I pray that you all are
strengthened in the Lord knowing that there will be a glad reunion day. My
pastor is not dead but only sleeping. Dead is when you die in sin but we
could rest assure knowing that pastor fell asleep in Christ. My heart
aches because I have lost my Pastor, Shepherd and Friend. But we live
with a blessed hope knowing that we will see pastor again. Many Love
Mrs. Trescot Wilson and family (Bermuda Government): May the
sweet peace that comes from the memories of your husband and dad, comfort
you now and in the days ahead. We share your loss.
Andrae Battles (Keane, Texas): To Anson, Alden, and
Brandon; I don't completely understand what it feels like to lose
a Father, but I am acquainted with the feelings of lose for a loved one.
In the midst of your current storm, I pray that the Lord will reveal to
you the silver lining. Remember that God loved your Father more than you
ever could, and not only are you all separated from him, but so is His
Heavenly Father. My prayers are continually with you and your family. At
this time God is ever more nearer to you than before. God Bless, love
|Jimmy Johnson: My deepest sympathy
goes out to you Mrs. Albury, your children, family and close relatives of
the late Pastor K. D. Albury - May the comforting words of JESUS our LORD
and CHRIST, still this raging storm! that you and your family are going
through at this time, brought on by the entrance of sin in our world, and
I quote JESUS " I AM the resurrection and the life - he that believeth in
ME, though he were dead, yet shall he live" thanks to GOD that HE have
appointed a time when JESUS will return, that we can be with our love
ones, once again.
Lafane & Keffie Battles, Andrae, Andrea, Andressa, Andeidra
and Andira (Tyler,Texas) : 2 Corinthians 12:9,10: "Jesus
says: His grace is sufficient for you, your strength is made perfect
in weakness. Be glad and glory in your infirmities, and take pleasure
in all your distresses, that the power of Christ may rest upon
you. When you are weak, you are made strong." To The Albury Family;
especially Darlene, Tammy, Janelle, Wendy, Dawn, and Londelle: You may
find it difficult to really understand God's plan through all of this.
It is with a strong faith and trust in Him, that you will be
sustained. My family and I empathize with you, and we share in your
grief. Time, and a relationship with God, will get you through
this. Please know that God never makes mistakes
Tyrone and family:
Dear Families (Albury, Brennans and other related) It is with deep regret
that I write you on the passing of your husband, father, son, brother,
uncle, and my family’s friend.You know, as I do, that Keith has been a
close friend to Denny, Greg and me for many years; going to GHS, selling
magazines, and getting into little trouble at times. Even though Keith was
more ‘in set’ with Greg and Denny, we spent time singing in ‘The Advent
Singers’ and in church generally, and I recall when he left for WIC, when
he and Jeff did the ‘dual’ preaching style in Grants Town, I was an usher
in his wedding, and so on. As you know, he had an avid interest in real
estate and a few years ago he appeared on my doorstep, informing that a
rogue company was attempting to claim title to many properties in Westward
Villas, mine included; I have fond memories of Keith, his smile, his laugh
( I believe that we called him ‘rubber’ when we were young because he
seemed so tall back then) He has accomplished so much so young, leading
and achieving and inspiring. He has blessed us all. I, along with my
family grieve with you, for we all have lost. Corinna and my kids and all
of the family, Denny, Greg, Charisee, Fernella, mummy extend our deepest
sympathy, and know that God will comfort you during this time and for
times to come. We will see Keith again
|Raymond, Terry & Thea Antonio
(Nassau, Bahamas): Words cannot adequately provide comfort at this
time of great loss and sorrow. But we do know that our Heavenly Father
can provide the solace, support, love and peace that is need at this
time. We commend you to His love and care, and are assured that He will
be all that you need, and more. Pastor Albury provided great support
and encouragement to our family, and to the wider Bethany Adventist Church
family. His leadership provided great encouragement and support, and he
will truly be missed. We can all take comfort in the words of our Lord and
Saviour found in John 14:1-3. You will continue to be in our thoughts and
Seymour, McCartney &
Wilchcombe Family (Freeport, Bahamas) We express our sincere
condolences to you Sis Ann, sons, and the entire Albury Family. Know
that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know that God will
continue to hold you in the hollow of his hands. We love you.
and Suzette Nixon (Bahamas Christian Fellowship Center): “Don’t cry
for him, for he is only sleeping And you see him again. Rejoice in the
Lord your strength For he has gone on to a better place were he will see
his maker face to face We are sad but we have that hope in knowing. That
absent from this body We are present with the Lord.
Pastor and Mrs. Seymour G. Cole:
May God be with you all during this sad time in your experience. Dear
Ann, we remember you so well when we served in the Bahamas during the
early 70's. Please take as a source of comfort, the passage found in
Isaiah 43:2, 3a, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with
thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou
walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the
flame kindle upon thee, for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of
Israel, thy Savior."
Pr. Daniel Kiptoo Bett (Kenya): I take
this time to send message of condolences to the Family, the Church
family of Bahamas and friends of a God's Servant who has slept. The
morning is coming when he will be resurrected. There is Hope for us
because we will meet him
|Dr. Alanzo H. Smith (Director: Family
Ministries & Communication Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day
and I and the Greater New York Conference, deeply regret the untimely
passing of Dr. Keith Albury. Truly, he was a man of God and a visionary
leader. Dr. Albury was a soldier for Jesus and it is said that a soldier
never dies, he only sleeps. Thank God he is a sleep in Jesus awaiting the
resurrection. Our prayers are with his beloved wife Ann and children as
well as to all family members and Church members of the North Bahamas
Mission. May God grant you all the strength that is required to endure
such pain. Keep trusting.
Pastor S Matthias Esson (London, UK):
received the message today - 26 Jan, 2006, of the passing of Dr. Keith
Albury, and wish to express condolences to the Ann and the family. As you
cope with the enormity and reality of your loss, even through the mist of
your tears, may you find assurance, comfort and hope in the words of
Martha; “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection of the last
days.” I know. Oh yes, I know.
Pastor Paul & Joan Scavella and Family:
To Ann and Son's. We keep you continually in our family prayers. God
sustains His universe everyday, there He can keep that which you commit
to Him. In all your way acknowledge Him and he shall direct your step at
this most difficult time.
|Sylvan & Rosita Lashley, Sylvean, Rossyl,
A'lisa (New York): Dear Ann and Tammy It is with profound sadness
that Rosita and I learnt of Keith's passing just a few hours ago. We
remember Keith well at West Indies College, and we remember you Tammy,
especially for the role that you played in helping us rear Sylvean. And
Ann, we remember especially at this time. Keith has surely made an impact
and left a rich heritage and example for us all to follow. He always
looked me up and even e-mailed since I have been here in the U.S
Colyn and Linda Major (Nassau,
Bahamas): Dear Ann & Family, my wife Linda and I are deeply
saddened by the loss of your husband, father and son. The Lord's loved
ones are precious to Him; it grieves Him when they die. We share your
pain and continue to lift you up in prayer. Please be assured that
"though dark may be the way, God stands beside you, with strength for
each day". Remember, that today it may be raining in your world but
tomorrow you will feel the sun on your face again. We have the hope
burning in our hearts that when Jesus comes again if we are faithful we
will see Pastor Keith again! Hold on! God is not finished with us yet!
We see him again if we remain faithful. Again, please accept our
|Steve Hutcheson (Brandywine Maryland,
USA): It pains my heart to hear of the passing of our dear brother,
pastor and friend. However, we who trust do not trust in vain. We serve a
God who marks the grave of His sleeping children. Let us who are alive
continue to be faithful and we will see Keith aka KD again. He is waiting
for the change! On behalf of Steven, Joan and Wendy-Ann Hutcheson please
our condolences and prayers.
Nadia King: Nothing is to
Hard for God...during this your time of sadness, I pray that you can
find hope in knowing that we serve an all knowing and wise God...He
loves and cares for us, and through his Son Jesus, He has also
experienced what we call on earth a great lost...but Jesus' death gave
life to so many others...It is my prayer that the many lives that Pastor
Albury have touched will make an effort to be there to see him again in
the second coming of our Lord and Saviour...Sister Ann, you and your
family are being lifted up on the wings of prayers...be encouraged to
hold on to a God that has promised that NOTHING IS TO HARD...God bless.
Ronald & Leila Julien ( New York ):
Sis.Ann, Anson, Alden & Brandon, we share in your deep sorrow and
commend you to the throne of grace and mercy in this your hour of
bereavement. Our prayers are ever with you. May you find in God
your every need supplying and may his tender loving care sustain
Keep looking up -Thy God is still the same
Keep looking up - He will not fail you
come what may
Keep looking up - The darkest cloud will
So do not doubt, but keep on looking up.
Ronnie & Pat Henry (Mandeville,
Jamaica): We have fondest memories of Keith as we look back over the
years. He has certainly had a positive influence on our lives and we
will long cherish the memories of the friendship and fellowship we
shared. God has called home to rest one of His valiant soldiers and we
rest in the certainty of the promise that those who die in Christ will
live again. To you Ann, the boys, and the rest of the family, be
assured of our love and continued prayers. Weep as you must but
remember that joy will come in the morning. We love you.
(Nassau, Bahamas) God is able and He will not fail, trust and believe
that what he does is well done. I give thanks to the almighty God that I
am able to pen these words to you the Family of Pastor Keith Albury.
Sister Ann Albury, Anson, Alden and Brendon, I know that God will not
leave nor forsake you at this time. He said that he will be with the
widower and the fatherless. I pray that He gives you the strength and
courage to cope with your loss (Our loss). May the memories of Pastor
Albury help to heal your pain at this time. He was well loved and I
would miss that smile and the greeting I received when ever I see him. I
thank God for the life of Pastor Albury, at the age of 48 his life was
well lived for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who he served to the
very end. He made a difference in my spiritual life. I will continue to
pray for the Family, his mother and father, sisters, brother, the
Brennen’s and extended family. Alden my heart goes out to you at this
time; Lorenzo and I are praying for you, hold on to God’s unchanging
hands. With deepest Condolences to you the Family. Love Dale
|Pastor E. A. Ennis (Council,
Lumberton, Whiteville district of churches, North Carolina) To Sister Ann
Albury, her sons, and other members of the extended family who have been
touched by this loss: May God's peace and comfort attend you in this time
|Rudolph & Naomi Miller and Family
(Atlanta, Georgia USA): We are deeply sadden by the news of Pastor Keith
Albury's passing. Be strong in the Lord and don't lose hope.
God is closer to you now than before.
Icelet and Thyne Fleurinord. (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida): Dear Sis
Ann, Be encouraged, God will take you through your dark days. We love
you and we will be praying for you. Not only has your family lost, but
the whole Adventist family and the Bahamas have lost a great man.
Madeline Ebanks (West Bay Adventist Church, Grand Cayman): We send
our sincere sympathy and condolences to Pastor Albury's wife and family,
and wish each of them comfort in this very trying time. May the God we
know comfort and sustain them.
|Roy Roberts (Florida Supreme court
Mediator): We are sadden to hear the passing away of our dear brother Dr
Keith Albury. Pleases accept our sincere greetings to the Conference,
Church families, and to the families, around him. Jesus knows best, I
heard him preach in Florida and sure he was a blessing to all. He gone to
sleep, on resurrection morning we will meet with him again. Let us all
promise to be there. Let us all keep faithful until that day.
|Philip, Martha & Shelithia (Gambier
Adventist Church, Nassau Bahamas): We were deeply sadden on hearing of the
death of Pastor ALBURY. There are no words that we can say to ease the
pain. But only remember the words in the Bible which says, (I WILL SEND
YOU A COMFORTER WHO IS WITH OUT) who is with you at this time, To all the
family ANN, the BOYS, SISTERS, BROTHERS, and the PARENTS, we send our
greatest and deepest sympathy to all of you. We will be praying that GOD
will keep you in the palm of his hand.
|Shepherdess International West Jamaica
Conference: To Sis Ann and family. We are so sorry to hear about the
passing of your husband, but weeping may for a night, but joy comes in the
morning. We are praying for you.
|Mykel Mackey and Family: We are
deeply saddened of the passing of our dear Pastor Albury. He was a great
Pastor. I am sorry for his family members and relatives. And if we are
faithful we will all see him again. Our prayers are with the family we
hope that in God's grace he will rise again.
Charisse Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) We extend our sincere condolences to
Sis. Anne Albury and family on the passing of our dear Pastor Keith
Albury. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all especially over
the last week. Be assured of God’s continued love and presence now and
Carol Ann Jackman, Chloe Dawn Weir
(Bahamas Academy Elementary): While we cannot
understand why certain things should be. Remember God in heaven beholds
what we cannot see. Mrs. Ann Albury and family- No one else can truly
feel the sorrow that you bear. But it may help somehow today, to know
that others care. And may may it help to ease your pain and bring some
comfort too. Knowing that many thoughts are there in sympathy with you.
Remember Jesus says " I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews
|Janelle Pickering and Family
(Bahamas): Our prayers and condolences go to the family. May God
continually keep and bless you the family during this hard time
Philis Nairn (Nassau, Bahamas). TO
ALDEN... I am praying for you and your family. I know that there are no
words that I can say to ease your heartache, but just know that you have
my love and support always. I will keep you and your family in my
prayers. Remember to pray your strength in the LORD and be of good
Brother & Sis Percy Miller: Sister's Ann & Fanette
Albury & Family. It is with deep regret and sadness, that we received
word of Pastor Albury passing, our son in the faith. We send our
deepest condolences. Our continual prayers are for the entire family,
may the Lord may give you all strength, and courage, in this your
greatest hour of grief and sorrow. The Lord bless, strengthen and keep
you all in hollow of His hands.
|Pastor Turgott & Family (Loma Linda
University, Alberta, Canadian Campus): Peace be to you and your house,
Though words fail at times to express grief, the Spirit makes groaning
before God that express the sadness of the soul. Take your time through
your difficulties; Jesus will accompany you.
Barry Shane Saunders & Ruth Walkes
- We the entire church family share with you in the loss of your
husband, father and our visionary pastor and leader. Knowing that we do
not have words adequate enough to express our feelings during this time
of grief, we can only assure you that our loving Lord and Master who
answers every prayer will be with you and keep you in is constant tender
"....Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time ;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again..."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
|Albert & Gwen Gibson (Bahamas): We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, at the passing of
Pastor Keith Albury. He wil be greatly missed. May the good Lord continue
to strengthen and encourage you during your hour of bereavement. We will
continue to keep you in our prayers.
|Immacula and Rachel Smith: We mourn
the loss of a Man of God, husband, father, son, brother and leader. Our
deepest condolences go out to the Albury family during their time of
bereavement, our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Avoney Wellington (Freeport, Bahamas):
I would like to express my sincere condolence to the Albury's family on
the death of our dear beloved Pastor Albury. Words cannot explain how I
feel, but God knows why He has allowed our dear brother to go to sleep
at this time. Sis Albury, take comfort in the fact that soon and very
soon, God is going to wipe away all tears from our eyes and there will
be no more death, no more pain, no more crying for Jesus will soon come
to rid this 'sin sick' world. Take courage and keep strong. I am
praying for you and the family.
|Louis & Robin Rolle, Latiesh and Louis
lll: According to Rev 21:4, God shall wipe away all tears from
our eyes; and there shall be be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain. Ann
and the boys, Sis. Franette Albury, Tammy and the rest of the family, we
are truly saddened at this time. We pray that God will truly sustain you,
Louis & Robin Rolle, Latiesh and Louis lll.
|Elder Anthony Whylly Sr., Mrs Whylly, A.
Whylly Jr.: At this time we express our deepest sympathy to the Albury
family, with much love and affection.
The Administration, Staff and Students of
Grand Bahama Academy express sincere condolences on the passing of
our School Board Chairman. Pastor Albury will always be remembered for
his extraordinary vision and administrative guidance that impacted
our institution. We offer as a source of solace to Sister Ann, Pastor
Anson, Alden, Brendan and the extended family our school theme text
Isaiah 40:31 "For they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run and
not be weary: they shall walk and not faint." May we all live so that
we see him again.
|Paulyn Johnson: To Sis. Ann Albury
and Family. I am praying that the Lord will comfort you with His peace.
Surrounds you with His Love and encourage you with His presence as you go
through this difficult time. As you continue to trust in the Lord know
that in His arms there is Strength to hold you, Grace to sustain you and
Love to carry you through. Please know that you are in my heart and my
prayers with much love.
|Murlena Cuffe (East Jamaica
Conference) May the warm memories of your dear one soothe you in this
difficult time, and help you to be at peace. Remember you are not alone
my prayers are with you.
|Pastor Wilton G. McDonald & Sis. Cereta
McDonald (Cayman Islands): We are praying that God will give you
courage and strength in these moments of great bereavement.
|Andrew M. P. Thomas
Coordinator (NCU) Freshman Advisement & Recruitment:
Death Is Nothing but a
Death is nothing but a moment's rest
Until the Second Coming of the Lord
When He shall gather to Him of the best
To take them to the place of their reward.
I've felt the power of Jesus in my soul
Shining like a golden sun within,
Melting my hard heart to make me whole,
Burning out the remnants of my sin.
I've felt Him work within me, so I know
The glory that will come when I awake.
I'll sleep just like a child who'll homeward go,
And in my dreams of love great pleasure take.
So do not mourn my death, and do not grieve.
The Lord will come for me: This I believe.
Mamma Albury, Brother's Anson, Alden, and Brendon, I love you all and
Laverda and I are going to be lifting the roof in prayer for you that God
will help you mourn. Pastor Albury, or "Pops" to me, was like a father to
me, because I grew up without knowing what it was like to have one. He
treated me like a son under his wings, giving me advice, and monitoring my
progress, and making sure that I was doing just fine. I thanked him
while he was alive for being that father figure to me, and now I thank
you, the family for being that family that I never knew existed. I am so
sorry that we no longer have Pastor Albury with us today; but I praise the
Lord for we will see him tomorrow!
Sherry and Michael Burrows (Nassau,
Bahamas): Heartfelt condolences to Sis. Ann, Pastor Anson, Alden and
Brandon. The Lord has taken him, but his memory will remain. Take
comfort in the fact, He no longer has any pain. May the peace which
comes from the memories of love shared, comfort and soothe you in this
difficult time and in the days ahead. Our prayers are with you.
|The Bell Family: wish to extend
condolences to the Albury family. My prayers are with you and if there is
anything that I can do please let me know.
(West Indies Union Book & Nutrition Centre)
Mrs. Albury and Family, I know that what you're
experiencing now is extremely difficult, but the happy memories of what
he meant to you and all whose lives he has touched will remain forever.
I know in time you will be able to smile again. I am praying for you
because I care.
|Mr. & Mrs Brian Rolle & Family: We
the Rolle family would like to send our condolences to Sister Ann Albury
and the boys. May God be with you through these difficult times as you
mourn the passing of your husband and father. God would not put on you
more than you can bear. Always remember that behind every dark cloud
there is a silver lining. We will keep you in our prayers and may God
continue to bless you.
Jackie Bethell (Customer Service
Rep. General Brokers & Agents Freeport) May God continue
to bless you, in this your hour of sorrow.
|Bahamian, Bermudian, Caymanian
Club of Northern Caribbean University express our sincerest
condolences to the Albury family. We grieve with you and we are all
praying for you.
|Barbara Rolle: I would like to send
condolences to the family of the late Pastor K.D. Albury - Ann, Anson,
Alden and Brendon. May the God who created you, forever keep you in the
comfort of his loving arms. You may weep now, but joy will come in the
morning. Just remember we are praying for you.
Freeman Duncanson and Family: Dear
Pastor Anson, I was deeply saddened by the untimely passing of your
father; but please be comforted by the thought that: "GOD ALWAYS KNOWS
AND DOES WHAT IS BEST FOR HIS CHILDREN". Pastor Albury and I developed
a very close bond as he served out his internship at the Centreville
Church while I was serving as Head Elder, and Pastor Roach was the
then pastor. I watched his development and ascendancy with cherished
admiration, as I was convinced that the Lord had laid His hands upon
him, and had ordained him for Gospel Ministry. Many have been brought
into the faith and received a saving knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ through his public ministry and campaigns. He has left
you a great legacy, and has passed the "MINISTERIAL BATON" to you, to
continue the race, and to take up where he left off. God has given you
his speaking voice, and many of his mannerisms. The Holy Spirit will
fit you for the task. Just HOLD ON and BE FAITHFUL, because God has a
great work for you to do. To Sister Ann I say: God knows what you are
going through, and has promised in his word not to burden us with more
than we can bear. He will provide you with enabling power to bravely
and confidently face the days, weeks and months ahead. Please rest
assured that my family and I will keep you and your family in our
|Geneva Oliver: Be comforted in
Christ, knowing that He knows them that are His. My prayers are with you
|Michael B. Davis and Family (Plantation,
Florida): To the family of Pastor Keith Albury: It is with the deepest
regret that I have received word of Pastor Albury's passing today. I knew
Pastor Albury, his wife Ann and to a lesser degree their children. With
profound sadness I wish to convey, on behalf of my family, my heartfelt
condolences to the Albury and Brennen families.
& Sis. Kendal Hanna: Our hearts are saddened to hear of your loss.
We extend our sincerest condolences. Pastor Albury has been an
inspiration and blessing to all and we will miss him dearly. We are
praying that the Lord would sustain you and your family. May He keep you
under the shadow of His wings and comfort you with His Holy Spirit.
Dr. Carl Thorpe (London
England, South England Conference)
blessed hope of life after death keep you in this hour. It will
not be long He shall live again.
|Jeff & Chanelle Gibson (Maplewood
Minnesota) - We extend our deepest condolences to the Albury family during
this time. We pray that God will comfort you and give you peace during
this difficult time. We will continue to lift you up in our prayers. Once
again our deepest condolences.
Vilroy R McBean "Sleepy"
(Maryland USA) I would like to offer my condolences on the passing of
Dr. Keith Albury. It has come as a big shock and surprise! Having
gone to West Indies College with Keith, I think about the great
presentations that he used to give. Over the years, I know that he
has blessed many individuals. His journey has come to an end.
The Lord took him home. Let us be faithful so that we can meet him in
the earth made new.
Cliff Wilson (Living
Faith Church, Bahamas): I Cliff Wilson on behalf of my family and I we
would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family
of Pastor Albury and we pray for comfort and that the Lord will take you
through this time of great lost, we will continue to pray that through
it all you will come out as fine gold, may God Keep you and Bless you
Dieusauver Datus and Family (Nassau
Bahamas): I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest
sympathies and condolences on behalf of my family and the Francophone
Church family to yours. Pastor Albury was an inspiration to us in
every sense of the word. His sermons we will always treasure and his
kind words spoken we will always remember. During Pastor Albury's
sermon it was a difficult task for translators to keep up with him
due to his enthusiasm but the Holy Spirit often intervened and the
point got across. Pastor Albury always did his best to help the
Haitian community in all that was needed. Our prayers and thoughts
will always be with your family Sis Anne. Be strong in the Lord and be
of good courage.
Dr. Martin Hanna (Seventh-day Adventist
Theological, Andrews University, Berrien Springs Michigan) My family and
I are praying for you, Mrs. Ann Albury, Anson, Brenden and Alden. Our
hearts are also grieving with you because we value the friendship and
leadership of Doctor Keith Albury. At the same time, we know that your
pain must be much deeper than we can imagine. Only God, who raised Jesus
from the dead, can comfort your hearts. God also grieves with you. More
than that, He will bring Pastor Keith back to life along with all of us
who trust God's grace.
Dona Stubbs-Wilson Ann,
Marsha, Mom and I were saddened by the news yesterday. We will continue
to pray for you and your family that God will send comfort, peace and
encouragement during this difficult time. Marsha and I remember the fun
days we spent with you and Keith as members of a singing group at Grants
Town church, at WIC, etc. We love you and look forward to the time when
we all will meet Keith again in the new Jerusalem!!! Your home-town
Shaun Brooks I express deep sorrow over
the passing of Pastor K. Albury. He was a visionary, and a role model.
I am well acquainted with his older son and know the family through
him. I pray for one and all and in this tough time, God cares.
Silas Neil Mckinney & Family (Dayton,
My big brother stood up for me when no one
else would. He was a counselor who sought only the best for me. His
loss is a tragedy to me. As bad as I feel I know it is infinitely
worse for you all. We have hope that we will see him again. God is
sealing his people, and some he must put to sleep to save. So sleep on
brother, until that blessed day when you get to go home.
K Thank you for the Kindness you
E Thank you for sharing with me your Easy-going spirit
I Thank you for showing me your Incredible determination
T Thank you for sharing your Talented life with me
H Thank you for your Honesty, Hard-work, & Humility
Mr. & Mrs. Harrison Moxey and family, may
God give you strength in this very sad time for you and this conference.
Thank you for sharing your Husband, Father and spiritual leader with us we
were truly blessed by your ministry may God bless you and keep you. PLEASE
HOLD ON AND BE STRONG IN THE LORD
Pastor Malcolm and Renee White, Malcolm
Robert and Michael. (Miramar, FL) Our family send our deepest
condolences to Ann, her sons and the rest of the Albury and Brennen
families. We are very sad at Keith's passing, and pray that God will
give you the strength you need to go through this very difficult time
and Mrs. Brenda Peeler It is with great sadness we send these
words of condolence. "Weeping may endure for the night. but joy comes in
the morning." We thank God for this great man of faiths' friendship,
leadership, and example.
Arthur, Aniska, Apryl, Trae & Aari Barnett
(Peterborough United Kingdom) Just a short note to extend our condolences
to the Albury family and to let them know that we are praying for them
here in England.We can not always explain why God chooses the path he does
but we are sure that the faith you all have will in some way ease the
pain. For us the pain is also hard Aniska has known Keith all of her life
and I met him when we both entered Government High in 69. We have fond
memories in all facits of his life. He performed our wedding, I worked for
him as my company was contracted by the conference during his presidency
the list goes on. They say only the good die young. Take comfort in that
fact. May God continue to bless and enrich your family
Alex-Léa URITY ( Martinique)
We want to express our deepest sympathy and our sincerest condolences to
Sister Albury and the children, and also to the entire Bahamian family.
May our God comfort and strengthen you as we continue our journey to the
promised land, where we will be united with HIM and with one another
Karleen Edwards (Long Island, New York) Our deepest
sympathy to the Albury family at this
time of loss. We regret the passing of your dear husband,
father, son and brother. Cry as
you must, but remember that death is a moment's rest until the second
coming of our Lord. We are praying for the Comforter to sustain you all
during your grief.
Sydney Forbes: I wish to express
sympathies to the Albury Family on the passing of Pastor K. D. Albury.
He was truly a visionary leader, a warm friendly individual, and one who
demonstrated his deep love for his God. He will truly be missed for his
great sense of humor and great personality. I pray that Almighty God
will strengthen each of you during your time of bereavement.
Patricia Esangbedo: Don't worry! You will
see Mr. KD Albury again. He just takin' an nap. Be Strong! God will see
Bowlin Family: Condolences on the death
of Pastor Albury from the Bowlin family. As our family have evening and
morning family worship, we turn our prayers to the impact of the death of
Pastor Albury. We pray for those who remain. I am proud of him and know
that he was touched in his healthy life by God so that he was able to
touch many souls for God and in God. Of course, he was my friend too and
I cherish his email replies. His preaching attracted vast attention and
huge crowd. We are all saved by Grace. The growth manifested by his work
was not the type that melts like ice in the sunshine but rather enlarged
like rock formation. In my email to his brother-in-law, I wrote the
following "Dear Pastor Brennen, It is not just your family that has lost
Pastor Albury or just the SDA church but the entire Bahamas and even
beyond. We are still praying with you and for you all as we all moan and
grieve with the bless hope. Maranatha, maranatha, maranatha. Randy" And I
was very proud and pleased to later that eveninf see and hear the National
sentiments by our conference and his mission fully covered and concurred
by the media including the powerful excerpt of his preaching. So now, in
response to sincerity I responded to his sister-in-law with this
prophecy. "And we know that God will continue to be glorified from the
life and work of Pastor Albury. Last night I heard his preaching in the
news on TV and so did the entire Bahamas once again. With crusade coming
up in February the nation and several Christians of other denominations
will be there because they knew the man, loved him and his preaching would
still be fresh in their ears. To God be the Glory! We have this hope,
Let us keep holding on to God. Just today, a mutual friend reminded me
that his sons would continue to shine. Young men and Sister Ann we all
share your pain and we will all triumph together for Christ. Violet,
Zandra, Nadira and Randolph pray for you.
Kaseen & Sherry Penn: You the family
are in our prayers.
Edward and Caroline McKenzie and Family
(Nassau, Bahamas): To the Albury Family: May God continue to comfort you,
at this time of great sorrow. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.
We count it a privilege that Pastor Albury baptized my wife and I, and
also officiated at our marriage. For this we are eternally gratefully for
his service in God's work. May the Holy Spirit comfort you, and keep you.
Damian Alexander (Miami, Florida): May
God be with you and yours during this your hour of bereavement. I pray
that the Lord will continue to strengthen you and the rest of the family.
Daniel Major (Andrews University,
Michigan): On heaven's wall of fame is written the name Keith D. Albury,
but on earth are many broken hearts, watered eyes and unanswered
questions; questions which only God alone can answer, he alone can
console, comfort and hold you until he returns to take to the
long-awaited reunion. Heart felt condolences and sympathies to Ann, Anson,
Alden, Brendon and all the family.
Loretta Godet and Edveen Godet: Death
separates for a while, but Christ will reunite us forever. He has fought a
good fight. He has finished his course and has kept the faith. Hence, laid
up for him is a crowd of life whom The Lord Himself shall give to him.
Have our sincere sympathy on the passing of Pastor Keith Albury.
Chauntelle, Paulette & LeAnna Miller:
In His word, The Lord promises
never to leave us nor forsake us. He will never give us more than we can
bear. Mrs. Albury, keep the faith. Despite the trials & tribulations
that you may face I know that you will always possess a calm & sweet
spirit. Anson, Alden & Brendon, be encouraged despite all odds. When you
feel discouraged or feel as though everything is simply not working
out just call on the Lord. Remember, death, sorrow & grief will soon come
to an end. By the grace & tender mercies of God, you all will be reunited
with your dear loved one.
The Spence Family: The Spence family
extends our deepest sympathy to the Albury's during this very difficult
time. Take courage in the words penned by the psalmist when he exclaims,
"For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may
endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." May God bless
your family in a special way during your hour of bereavement our thoughts
and prayers are with you.
Elder Audley Rahming & Family: To the
Albury family we want you to be comforted in the word of Job though he
slay me yet will I trust him. I Know that My redeemer lives. Remember
that God Knows what is best he will not put any thing on you that you
can't bear. Trust God even more even though you may not be able to trace
him He will be there to supply all your need. so be comforted in the
Living Faith and Parkgate Church
Families: We have lost our former President, but we know that
he was more than a president to you. God gave him to us for a short
time but all of us were blessed by his contributions to the work of
God. May you find comfort and peace as you go through this time of
sorrow. May God continue to bless you at this time. We are praying for
New Englerston Seventh-day Adventist Church:
Our former pastor, Keith Albury, was special to us. Although he was
with us for a short time we dearly loved him. We look forward to the
great resurrection morning.
ICU Staff of Bayfront Medical Centre (St.
Petersburg, Florida): To Dawn Albury and Family, May the love Dr.
Albury shared with you during his life continue to be felt in your hearts
during this time of bereavement. We, the nurses from the Trauma Intensive
Care Unit at Bayfront Medical Centre in St. Petersburg, Florida offer our
prayers and condolences to you and your family. May God continue to
dispatch angels to comfort each family member; knowing that the life Dr.
Albury lived and above all, the hope he had for a far better life after
this life, has been fulfilled. Remembering God's Word as recorded in
Psalms 94:19 by the Great Psalmist David, "When anxiety was great within
me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul."
Education Director/Acting Principal,
Administrators, Staff and Students of Bahamas Academy: To
Sister Albury, Anson, Alden, Brendon, Sister Fannette and the rest of
the family we send our heartfelt sympathy to you at this time of great
sorrow. God's comforting arms are there to assure you of His constant
love and concern in all aspects of our lives. Thank you for sharing
your husband, father and son in Christian Education.
Herma & Chavaughna McMasters
(Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas) Sis Ann and family. As you mourn the
passing of a husband, father and friend, please remember that "God may
never reveal all His reasons to us, but He has revealed His character to
us. His character assures us that He never makes mistakes, is never
uncaring, and that He never separates Himself from us." Roy Lesin.
It is our prayer that God will continue to strengthen you and keep
you in the hallow of His Hand. We too mourn the passing of Pastor
Albury, but we have the blessed hope, of Jesus' soon coming, when death
will be swallowed up into victory and all tears will be wiped away from
our eyes. "So do not fear, for God is with you; do not be dismayed, for
He is your God He will strengthen you and help you; He will uphold you
with His righteous right arm. Is 41:10. We are praying for you.
Dr. & Mrs. Creaton Francis (Norland
Adventist Church, Miami, Florida): We regret to hear about the death of
Pastor Albury. We attended WIC so we knew him for some time. Please
accept our deepest sympathy. May the Lord give you the strength during
this difficult period.
Michael, Sharon & Mike'Ron Bailou (Freeport, Bahamas) Our
hearts are deeply saddened by the passing of our Pastor and President,
Dr. K. D. Albury. We wish to express our deepest sympathy and heartfelt
condolences to our dear Sis. Ann and her three sons. Also, to Tammy and
the rest of the family. We know that there are no words that can
describe the pain and loss that you are experiencing at this time. What
we do know, is that Jesus is the True Comforter, and Sustainer, so He
will truly cradle you in His arms in this your time of sorrow. Take
courage in knowing that Pastor Albury is no longer in pain, but is
asleep in Jesus. Be strong and faithful in the Lord, so that soon and
very soon you, and all of us who are faithful will be reunited in that
Pearly White City in a grand celebration. You are in our thoughts and
prayers. Love always and God bless!
Viola Collie & Clarabelle Williamson
(Bahamas) Sister Ann and Family we know that this is a most difficult time
for you. But remember God is Able. Although he was young in age you can
draw strength from his spiritual accomplishments. We will continue to
lift you up in the prayers as you Hold to the Lord. Take comfort in
knowing the Christ is the Resurrection and Life
Samantha Smith (Freeport, Grand
Bahama): My heart reaches out to the Albury's Family on the tremendous
loss of a dear and loved one. And though words, during these solemn
moments, don't seem to suffice, take comfort in the fact that God
cares, is still in control and will never fail you. There awaiting
Pastor Albury is a better life. Let us live so that we can reunite
with our loved one. Then our tears and sorrow will be replaced with
laughter and rejoicing. Keep trusting GOD even when things don't make
The Florvil Family (Nassau, Bahamas)
There is a time and season for everything under the sun. Remember that
God knows and loves us best. We understand your grief in the loss of
your Husband, Father, Son.....Be encourage joy will come in the morning.
We will continually pray for you.
Thomas Hanna & Family (Nassau, Bahamas)
Be encourage Remember earth has no sorrow, that heaven cannot cure. You
are in our prayers daily, God Bless and Keep You in your time of
Charles & Geneckhia Williamson:
You have our deepest sympathy.
Wish there was more we could do.
To help ease the pain and sorrow,
We know you are now going thru.
Time will heal the sorrow.
Loving memories you will always share.
Our hearts are going out to you today.
We want you to know ~ we care.
In your time of bereavement remember that God
is Always there.
He will comfort you like he promised. "Be
Joel and Deidre Nembhard (Toronto,
Canada): It pains our heart to hear of the passing of a valiant solider of
the cross. But God knows best in everything. We all will miss him but let
us cling to the promises of God and let us who are alive remain faithful
as we will see Keith again. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Ann, we
are praying for you and the rest of the family.
Ray Smith: Words seem to loose their
effect when addressing the loss of an individual of such significance to
so many. To Mrs. Albury, Anson, Alden and Brenden, I'm sure I speak for
all of those who were fortunate to be led, mentored and loved by Dr.
Albury in expressing my condolences and support in this time of
grief. Thank you for sharing him with us so graciously and allowing him to
be the man we all admired and now miss. We love you, and are praying for
VANESSA C. ROLLE AND VANERIA ROLLE
(BAHAMAS) - "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working
for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an
inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord you are serving."
Col 3:23-24 Pastor Keith Albury was one such man, a true and humble
servant of the most high God. My heart became so full when I heard the
news of his passing, and I was even more hurt that he was still so young,
still had so much more to offer. Yet even as the tears streamed down my
face, I remembered how much he accomplished in such a short space of time.
I remembered those sweet and powerful sermons that permeated every nerve
in your body....made ya want to shout!! He was a visionary leader who
undoubtedly did not let his dreams for our church die with him. It's
people like Pastor Albury who make me proud to be a member of the Seventh
Day Adventist family. He was a man of honour, a man of distinction and a
true man of God....till the very end. The bible says blessed are they who
die in the Lord.....so Sister Albury, be comforted. It's alright now. My
prayers are with his family, especially my good friend Anson. God be with
you and God Bless you.
Anvett Jean-Simon (Jamaica):
There is no problem too hard God cannot solve it
There is no mountain too tall He cannot move it
There is no storm too dark God cannot calm it
There is no sorrow too deep He cannot soothe it.
He carries the weight of the world upon His shoulders
now by brethren that He will carry you.
says "Come unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest."
Olive Rahming (New Jersey)
Words cannot begin to express my regret for the loss of your husband,
Pastor Albury. He was truly a man of God. There are three ministers in the
Adventist church whose sermon has stuck with me over the years and Pastor
Albury is one of them. Pastor Albury was truly a man of God. He was down
to earth and allowed himself to be used by God. Wherever I visited the
Bahamas and ran into him he would take time out of his busy schedule and
ask me how I was doing and give me some work of encouragement. Clearly he
was an example of what Christ is like. Please take comfort in knowing that
Pastor Albury has touched many a souls and if we all us do Gods will, we
will see Pastor Albury in Heaven. Ann, I mourn with you and will be
praying for you and the family that God in His infinite mercy will sustain
you during this time of sadness. May God Bless and keep you all.
Samantha Smith: It is with a heavy
heart that i attempt to express my heartfelt sympathy to you on this
solemn turn of events in your life. Words will never suffice, yet i
will try to help and comfort with these: Jesus loves you, trust him, He
knows what he is doing. He is able to heal your emotional and physical
paralysis. Live and hope towards eternal life (which is what your
husband, father, brother, uncle, pastor and friend did). Because, then,
God will wipe all tears from our eyes; there shall be no more death,
sickness/diseases...No more pains for the former things will be passed
away. Rev. 21:4 We are told in Rom. 12:15 to share the sorrow of those
who are sad. Just to let you know (esp. Sis Albury) I share your sorrow,
the whole church family share your sorrow. We love your but God loves
Marsha Stubbs-McLean &
daughters Keri, Karla & Kristen, Sis Mary Stubbs (Houston, TX.) To
Ann and sons, Sister Albury & family, Please know that we grieve along
with you at this trying time in your lives. Keith was one of the most
positive, winsome, upwardly mobile persons I've ever known. We were
truly blessed just to have been associated with him. But we do not
grieve as though we have no hope! He'll probably be leading the
resurrection parade when the trumpet blows or he wouldn't be himself!
Remember... It won't be long, when well be leaving this world. It won't
be long, we'll be going home. So, Count the years as months, Count the
months as weeks, Count the weeks as days. Because any day now, we'll be
going home! Be blessed,
Aston Barnes (Jamaica): Dear Ann words
cannot express my feelings at this time. I just want you, the members of
your family and friends to know that Linnie and I are mourning with you
all. We will keep on checking for the up date.
Sandy, Precious, & Santeche: Ralph Waldo
Emerson once said "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where
there is no path and leave a trail." Pastor Keith D. Albury has indeed
embraced these words in that he has walked down his own path and remained
humble, encouraging, loving, and above all spiritual. The
Bahamas Conference and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church worldwide has lost
someone very special - one who has left a trail that will never be
forgotten. Condolences go out to you the Albury family. Keep strong and
look always to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Joshua and Rowena Smith,
along with their children, Marvin, Millie, Latoya and Ranaldo.
(Nassau, Bahamas): We are deeply saddened by the lost of a great friend
and pastor, but we are jubilant at having known him and his family. Dr.
Albury has been a source of strength and courage to us and we will miss
him dearly. We can only say, “To God be the Glory, for Great Things He
Has Done.” God has truly done “great and marvelous” things through
Pastor Albury and He will continue to do even mightier things through
the legacy he has left in the hearts and minds of all he touched
throughout the world. Pastor Albury’s legacy will also live on in the
lives of his dear wife and sons. We pray that through this sad time,
you, Sis. Ann, Anson, Alden and Brendon, will hold on the God’s
matchless love and comfort. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Pastor David Burrows (BFM) I wish to
express my sincere condolences. Keith and I go way back to Government
High School days. We were among the group that would have been
considered least likely to become anything significant and certainly not
Pastors or Ministers. They say however that the Lord works in mysterious
ways and I must say among so many others that I remember Keith as an
exceptionally good man who gave his life for the good of so many. I am
sure all of us from the Class of '74 are equally saddened. I trust that
God's grace will comfort all of you in this time as you remember and pay
tribute to a great man, my friend and fellow solider in the Gospel.
Keith we miss you but your life is an enduring message for all. You will
be remembered for generations as a great Bahamian leader and an example
to all of us.
Dr. Sean C. Dowding (Martinique Conference): God in His
goodness and mercy has allowed a true child of God to fall asleep. May
this temporary lost remind you that brighter days are ahead. In your
moment of sorrow and tears, may the comfort the Holy Spirit sooth your
brow and may the light from heaven fill your souls with joy and peace.
It’s not over until Christ comes to take us home. A wish for you all
this blessed hope. God’s peace be with you
Mark, Zelda, Brittany & Brenique (Hillview
- Nassau, Bahamas): We are
thinking of you and wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow ...Comfort in
the midst of pain...with heartfelt sympathy.
Pastor Silas and Mrs. Ruth
McKinney: Dear Ann: Words are inadequate to express our profound
sorrow at the passing of your beloved husband, Keith. Our ties are
close and our emotions run deep. He was our spiritual son and a dear
friend. He will be greatly missed. We may not understand everything
now, but God knows best. One day soon, if we are faithful, we will see
him again. Thank God for the BLESSED HOPE!
Pastor & Mrs. Leon Wellington
(Inter-American Division, Miami, Florida): Dear Ann, Anson, Alden and
Brendon: Words cannot express the grief we feel at the loss of our dear
friend and colleague-Pastor Keith Albury. We know that your own grief is
immeasurable. However, we wish to remind you of, and cheer you with the
blessed hope that we share. Pastor Albury was a man whose stature
towered above many as a Christian who modeled the Master, a thinker, a
visionary, a planner, a diligent worker, a Preacher, Pastor and a
friend. He could always be counted on to stand up for the high
principles of this church. We will miss his thoughtful contributions in
our boards and forums. We will always remember him for his humor and
wit. One always felt at ease in his company. Young men, keep courage,
your mother will need you now more than ever. We believe that the
greatest honor you can give to your family is to live your own lives as
your father did, always loving your Lord and being totally committed to
him. We love you all and will be there for you. Ann, be hopeful and
cheerful for it won’t be long and we will all meet Pastor Albury again.
We can thank God for the fact that He allowed him to spend 48 precious
years with us. God bless you all as He continues to watch over, protect
and enfold your family within His mighty arms.
Quinshikka McKinney and the Davis Family
(Abaco, Bahamas) Pastor Albury was a good man! His life has impacted many
lives including mine. He will be remembered for a long time! To Sis Anne
Albury and family, you have my deepest sympathy! My heart goes out to you
and my prayers go up for you at this, your time of great loss. Sis.
Albury you have truly stood by Pastor Albury's side and God will bless you
for that! Do remember, that if God brings you to it, He will indeed bring
you through it! I know that God will continue to bless and keep you and
your family! God bless.
Aretha: (Freeport, Grand Bahama) He never
had to say anything, when you saw him, you knew what he stood for and what
he was about. He listened to others, not only with his ears, but with his
Gia Hutcheson (Freeport, Grand Bahama,
Bahamas): To Sis. Albury, Anson, Brenden and especially Alden I would
like to give my heartfelt condolences at this time, I want you to know
that I am praying for you and I love you all. I know there is nothing I
can say now to take away your pain away but always remember you have my
love and support at all times. I encourage you to keep strong for he is
only resting for a while.
Robert Arnett Family (Conyers,
Georgia): Extend deepest sympathies to Ann, his dear wife, his sons,
Anson, Alden, Brendon, parents and host of other relatives.
Stella, Virginia, Edward & Patrice Romer & kids
the Albury and Brennen Family of the late pastor Keith Albury.
you find comfort in the thought
that sorrow, grief, and woe
sent into our lives sometimes
help our souls to grow.....
through the depths of sorrow
comes understanding love,
peace and truth and comfort
god continue to bless and keep you in your time of sorrow.
Veronica V. Williams & Family (Weston,
Ann and precious sons:- We are deeply saddened to learn of your grievous
loss of your husband and father. Pastor Albury was so loved by many and
will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to you the
entire Albury family during this time of bereavement. May the Lord be
your helper, your tower of strength and most of all your COMFORTER. Our
thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
G. McDonald & Wife Cereta; (Cayman Islands Conference).
Ann Albury & family; We extend to you our sincere condolences and pray
that Almighty God will sustain, comfort and encourage your hearts during
these moments of anguish and bereavement.
Pastor Sheldon and Dr. Terry Bryan: A
great Adventist visionary and leader who will be truly missed... Our
prayers are with his church and immediate family
The Thompson's (Penderlyn, Janet,
Janice, Anita, Bonny and Quint): To:- Ann and the Boys, Mr. and Mrs
Albury, Darlene, JANEL, Tammy, Wendy, Dawn and Lundel. Your lost is our
lost. We will miss KEITH as a Friend, as a Neighbor, as a Fellow Church
Member and as a Pastor. Ours prayers are continually with you. Continue
looking to GOD, and forward to JESUS second coming. Death is not the
end. God Be With You.
Daniel & Ettamae Mckenzie & Family
(Grants Town SDA Church -Nassau, Bahamas): I quote from the
Apostle Paul writing regarding Pastor Keith D. Albury. “I have fought a
good fight I have kept the faith I have finished the course and now
therefore there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the
Lord the Righteous Judge shall give me on that day”. But, not to me
only but, to all those who love his appearing, that includes you and
me. On behalf of my family and I our prayer is that God will comfort,
strengthen and keep you in the hollow of His Hands Sister Ann Albury and
A word to Pastor Anson Albury, we
realize that your daddy was your hero, your mentor, someone you could
always lean on, but through it all we know you depend on God. God
called you because he knows you are strong, so hold on and never, never
give up. Our prayers will always be with you. Love
To Alden & Brendon, be faithful until
With joy you will carry on
Until that day our eyes behold the
Until that day God calls us home.
So live in the sunshine, you will
understand it better by and by.
May God bless you.
Dale (Grants Town Church, Nassau-Bahamas)
To the Family of the late Dr. K. D. Albury, “Though your heart must hold
deep sadness at the loss of the one you loved, may it also hold the
blessings of the life you shared and the love that will always be a part
of you”. Darlene, Janelle Tammy, Wendy and Dawn may you find hope in
knowing that your big brother is just asleep in the Lord.
Dr. Mansfield Edwards
(Apple Creek SDA Church, Ontario, Canada): Please accept my heartfelt
condolences. Keith’s passing seems exceptionally untimely. However,
there is comfort in the fact that Christ has changed the meaning of
grieving. His blessed words affirm the promise,” Blessed are they that
mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Virginia Romer: It is with sincere
Sympathy, that I'm sending my condolences on behalf of the Albury, and
Brennen family, I will keep you all in my prayers, Pastor Albury, will be
greatly missed for his touching services, and well respected man of
God. May these words comfort you all in your time of sorrow. "When
trouble comes, as it does to all, God is so great , and we are so small
but there is nothing that we need know if we have faith, that where ever
we go God will be waiting to help us to bear, our pain and sorrow, our
suffering and care, for no pain or suffering is ever to much to yield
itself, to God merciful touch! May God keep all of you in his care.
Wilton G. & Mrs. Cereta McDonald (Cayman Islands Mission of
Seventh-day Adventists): To Sister Ann Albury and family: It was
devastatingly shocking to learn from Dr. Jeffery Thompson about the death
of Dr.. Keith Albury after we have recently had such great fellowship at
the Union session in Jamaica. My wife and the rest of my family extend
our sincere condolences to you during these grievous time of bereavement
and pray God’s grace, compassion, solace and blessings upon you
Ivris R. Pluck and Family (Freeport,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas): We hereby express our sincere condolence to the
Albury's family on the death of our dear beloved Pastor Albury. Even
though we know that the Lord's way is different from our, we find it
difficult in situations such as this comprehend thus the question WHY? but
God is the ANSWER. He takes bach that which He Loves and had loaned to us.
He knows why He has allowed our dear brother to go to sleep at this time.
Sis Albury, you and your family must take comfort in the fact that soon
and very soon, God is going to wipe away all tears from our eyes and there
will be no more death, no more pain, no more crying for Jesus will soon
come to wipe out this sin-filled world. Take courage and keep strong. We
are praying for you and the family
Dr. Leon L. Higgs (Nassau, Bahamas):
Sister Ann, Anson, Alden and Brendon, please accept Alvira and my deepest
sympathy on the passing of Pastor Albury. Pastor Albury was my close
friend, and I miss him greatly. Alvira and I will continue to keep you in
Marvalyn, Charles - II and Charlyn Blythe and over 150,000 Youth in West
Indies Union: The young
people of West Indies Union share deeply in the grief you experience at
the loss of a dear husband and father. On behalf of the many thousands of
youth in this great union whose lives Pastor Albury have greatly impacted
I wish to express our deepest condolences to Anson, Alden and Brendon who
are themselves part of our youth family and to Sis. Albury, his parents
and the rest of the family. The Youth of your church will continue to
provide shoulders to lean on. May the God of all comfort bless and keep
Fr Dasmine Thompson (Kirlew) (Bermuda):
Ann I am so sorry for your loss. I pray every day for the coming of our
Savior, when this pain and suffering and death will be no more. Be strong
in the Lord and don't lose hope. Keith is just taking a nap.
Angela Gray: "Life on earth is a
temporary assignment. "(Rick Warren). Knowing this, Pastor Albury served
faithfully, expecting his promised reward in heaven. Sis. Albury and
family, I know it's difficult, but take comfort in the fact that, "weeping
endures for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. "Let's remain faithful
so that on that great getting up morning, Pastor Albury along with the
rest of us will all go home to Glory, where there'll be no more death.
Pastor Albury will be terribly missed but his continued appeal for unity,
love and faithfulness will live on in our hearts
Jennifer Bartley-Smith: My deepest
sympathy to the Adventist Church Family in the Bahamas and especially to
the Albury's. Let me remind you that this evil world is coming to an end
and I believe with all my heart that God is gradually putting his beloved
children to sleep. Let us look at what is happening as sure sign that our
Heavenly father is gradually taking his people out of this wicked and evil
society. Our dear Pastor is resting until Jesus comes. Take heart and
remember us in Jamaica are praying for you all.
Strachan & Family: When life's trials, heartaches and
disappointments cast their long dreary shadows upon us. It is comforting
to know that we still have the everlasting Sunshine of Christ to bring
peace and comfort to our souls. May the Hope of the soon return of our
Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, and the Blessed Assurances in His Word bring
solace to each of you. We Love you and will be praying for you.
Mrs. John Carey extend deepest sympathy to Ann and the entire Albury
family on the death of Pastor Keith Albury. We are praying that the Lord
will comfort and sustain you during this time of grief. You can count on
Him to supply all your needs.
SHIRLEY & NEIL DEAN (Freeport Seventh-day Adventist)
To Sister Ann Albury and Family.
Tenderly, may time heal your sorrows. Gently may The Lord ease your pain,
Softly may peace replace heartaches and warmest memories remain. My heart
goes out to you and yours in this sad time. I hope you find comfort in
knowing that Pastor was well loved by all he came in contact with, and for
this he will be greatly missed. We will continue to keep you and the
family in our prayers. Love Sister Dean.
Lester Stuart & Family: Adjectives lose
their descriptive precision at this time to describe and make sense of
it all. We can only bow our heads to the will of God, the Father of us
all. Pastor Albury’s passing is visibly and profoundly felt by those
with whom he had made contact. My heart is heavy, as this dealt a blow
to all of us, interrupting the usual routine of our lives. We pay
tribute of love, affection and respect to one who has endeared himself
to our hearts. He was an honorable man, of great intellect and a big
heart, with room even for a little child. It was my privilege to know
him over the years. He combined with his charm, not only unlimited
energy, but highest integrity. His genial personality, devotion to
youth, education and humanity made him the beloved president. No one
again will embody all his traits – his professional attainment, courage,
and dedication to the Lord’s service. The youth of our church
(Hillview), found him to be a pastor of understanding, sympathy,
learning, and integrity. We are comforted in the knowledge that he
lives in the minds and hearts of us all, and it is my hope that the
Albury Family derive some measure of comfort in knowing that we share
their burden with them.
Mrs. Lee Rolle-Strachan,
Mrs. Dawn and Alpheus Finlayson, Mr. Glen
Rolle Jr.: All of You, I offer
sincere condolences on behalf of my family: Dawn, Lee and Glen Rolle. This
has come as a complete shock to all of us. Keith's life will continue to
inspire us to uplift the word of God. We have had the extreme pleasure of
knowing Keith for so many years. Growing up in the Grants Town Church and
watching him and Jeff Thompson's meteoric rise to such dizzy heights could
only be the mysterious work of a merciful God. Ann, be comforted in
knowing that we are all praying for you and your sons. I know that
whatever comes your way you will be strong enough to withstand. I am so
proud to know that he spared Keith's life long enough to see one of his
sons follow in his footsteps. I saw Anson on TV a few weeks ago and he is
the "spitting image" of Keith. I mean he even talks like him, his very
delivery of speech and mannerisms are identical. So you see, you will
continue to have Keith around. Mr and Mrs Albury and all the siblings, I
know the house in Yellow Elder will never be the same again but God knows
best. May you find comfort in knowing that, this man of God, your son,
brother, has truly been a "God-Send." He touched so many lives during his
sojourn here. You may think it was a short time, but think about it
carefully, what he did in that short time is filled with so much quality
and quantity of what we all should strive for. May the God of heaven be
with all of you. We are so proud to have known Keith and we believe we
will see him again and live eternally with the Lord. Please continue to
pray for our family as we do likewise for all of you.
Craig: Dear Sister Ann & sons, Sis. Fannette and family: My heart was saddened to learn of the passing of
my peer and friend, a wonderful, dedicated Christian man of God. This
reminds me that one is never too young to die, so one must live in the
blessed hope. My prayer for all of you is that God will keep you in
the palm of His hand and everything will be all right.
Pastor and Sis. Leslie V. McMillan (Miami,
Florida): You know that we are with you in this hour of sadness. We
remember our many years of Christian fellowship with you Ann, the boys -
Anson, Aldon and Brendon. Long will be remembered the dinners at Christmas
time. So as we join you in mourning this great loss, we are comforted in
the knowledge that this outstanding man of God, Friend, father, husband,
son, and dedicated leader found the sweet assurance of salvation in Jesus
Christ. The essence of his final moments were: When all else fails - give
me Jesus. When I cannot preach no more - give me Jesus. When for me was
found no cure - give me Jesus.When my church I can serve no more - give
me Jesus. When my dear family I'll see no more - give me Jesus. When
life's journey is almost o'er - give me Jesus.
The Romer Family (Maryland) would like
to express their heart felt condolences to the Albury and Brennen
Family. Pastor Albury will truly be missed as one of the world's
greatest leader. It was a shock to hear of his passing; but we know that
God is in charge. As you go through this period of mourning; remember
that God does not put more on us then we can bear. May he continue to
bless you and keep his arms around you.
Ellsworth and Ingrid
Latazia Miller-Stuart (Miramar,
Florida) Our sincerest & deepest sympathy to the entire Albury &
Brennan family on the loss of Pastor Albury. His dedication and
commitment to serving and growing God’s church was evident through his
work. Pastor Albury’s leadership & ministry during my early years at
the Grants Town church provided me with my first true appreciation and
acceptance of our faith and for that I am grateful. Please now hold
close to God as HE is now ever closer to you. His love and comfort is
endless and our family knows of His Power that will sustain you through
this time. It’s during these times that our burning desire for Christ
return increases evermore and thankfully that time is very near. On
behalf of myself, Dwayne and our parents Loreen & Clyde Miller & Roselyn
Stuart. 1Peter 1:7 – The trial of your faith…is more precious
than gold. May it be found to bring honor & glory upon Christ’s return.
Sonja Moxey-Crayton (Nashville Tennessee): To
Ann, the boys, Bro. & Sis. Brennen. My deepest sympathy goes out to your
family, during this time. It was as sad day for me when my mother
informed me of the passing of my friend Pastor Albury. My husband and
children joins me in praying for your family at this time. Our pray is
that your family will find comfort in knowing that God will take care and
keep all of you.
Eldena, Kendra, Kendrick, & Kendia
Miller & Desmond Sturrup (Bethany Church,
Nassau, Bahamas) We express our sincere condolences, to Sis. Ann,
Anson, Alden, and Brendon on the passing of Pastor Keith D. Albury,
beloved husband and father. We pray for God's continued comfort in your
lives...May the peace of God which passeth all human understanding,
guide your hearts and minds - We love you, and we pray your strength in
Jayson, Denise Greene: Our Pastor, -
Pastor K. Anson Albury...We will remember you in our most earnest
prayers that God will keep and strengthen you during this time of
sadness. To Ann Albury and Family - We will continue to pray for you
that God will keep you especially during those moments of loneliness..
We love you.
Arnold Burrows and Family
(Bahamas): Words can not express the sadness we feel at
this time at the passing of our dear beloved Pastor Keith Albury.
Pastor Albury has always been a tower of strength to my family and I
over the past years. "Weeping may
endure for a night but joy cometh in the
morning". Our heartfelt condolences are extended to
you Sister Albury and the entire Albury/Brennen Family. May God
continue to encourage you during this most difficult time. You are
constantly in our prayers.
Bridgette Bell: We know that you have
heard and read all the words of encouragement and prayers. We do not
know how you feel but we can imagine. However, it is always good when
you have great family support and friends to comfort you and lend a
shoulder and a helping hand. I (Bridgette) enjoyed working with Pastor
Albury and I will never forget the last time I heard from him (last
year) when he called to give ME words of encouragement even as he was
going through his test and trials. I do miss him and hope to see him
someday. Mrs. Albury, we know the boys will take good care of
you. Pastor Albury will always be remembered for all the sermons where
he ministered to our hearts especially now when Anson gets up to preach
and we hear and see the splitting image of Pastor Albury. Our
continued prayers go with the family as we ask for the Lord to give you
added strength to go on. Continue to trust in the Lord and he will see
you through. WE LOVE YOU!
Moxey-Crayton (Nashville Tennessee): To Ann, the boys, Bro. & Sis.
Brennen. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family, during this time.
It was as sad day for me when my mother informed me of the passing of my
friend Pastor Albury. My husband and children joins me in praying for
your family at this time. Our pray is that your family will find comfort
in knowing that God will take care and keep all of you.
West Indies Union Publishing Ministry, Dr.
Joseph Barrett, Publishing Director: On behalf of WIU Publishing
Ministry, we wish to express sincere condolence to the Albury's family,
the membership of the Bahamas Conference, and the North Bahamas Mission.
Where God has placed a full-stop, let us not replace it with a question
mark. Let us focus our gaze in the blessed hope of the resurrection. May
the bereaved find closure in Jesus. We will treasure the invaluable
contribution which Dr. Albury made as a Literature Evangelist as well as
an administrator. It was his passion to get the publishing ministry firing
at full blast in the North Bahamas Mission. May that ambition be kept
alive in his memory. Our deepest expressions of sympathy, and we hope to
meet this giant Christian apologist of the cross once again, beyond the
reach of death, on the sea of glass. May he rest in god's everlasting arm.
Leonardo D. Rahming (Abaco District): Truly there is little that one
can say in times like these. We know not what the future holds but we are
confident that the God of the future is still in charge. On behalf of my
family and the Abaco District we convey sincere condolences and we commend
you Sister Ann, Pastor Anson, Alden, Brandon to our Loving Savior Jesus
Christ. We believe that He understands and is well able to minister unto
you your every need at this particular time. Pastor Keith was a man of
excellence, he was a friend and leader, a visionary, a confident, man of
God. He will be fondly missed by us. I encourage you with the words of
the wise man Solomon. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all our
hearts and lean not to your own understanding but in all your ways
acknowledge Him and He shall direct your part". Know that you will be in
our prayers always. May the grace of our God attend you now when you need
Audley Rahming Sr.
Ann in this your time of sorrow take comfort
in knowing that God is in control of every thing. He knows what you can
bear, He will take care of you and the boys. Be strong, knowing that
you have done your best in ministering good care to your husband during
his illness. He is resting from his labor and toil. You must keep your
looking up, Jesus is coming soon, and if proven faithful you will see
your husband again. Ann, Keith has live his life to the fullest, he has
fulfilled God's command and has led many to the Lord Jesus Christ, take
courage in knowing joy cometh in the morning. Deepest sympathy Love you
and I will continue to hold you up on the wings of pray
Pastor Arley SESAME (Youth Department
Martinique Conference) Dear Ann and family. I know that no word will be
able to comfort you, but God will. I keep precious memories of Keith
when we were at West Indies College. I remember The Liberals with Willy,
Paul, Halsey, Jeff and myself. Keith was a good companion and friend. I
suppose the loss for you and the family and the Church. God is able to
carry you through. My family and I pray for you and will remember you.
Soon our trials will be over. We love you.
Roger Forbes and Family (Nassau, Bahamas)
We are saddened by the passing of a friend, former pastor and spiritual
leader in the person of Dr. K.D.Albury. He would be missed! We are
comforted that he knew the Lord; and those who died in Christ will spend
eternity with Him. Soon the earthly battle will be over and the victory
won; soon we shall see Jesus in all His splendor. Soon we'll be going home
and then we will be re-united. My family joins me in conveying our
heartfelt condolences. Please be reassured of our prayers.
Blessed (Nassau, Bahamas) - Gerrard
Rigby, Stuart Cherefant, Antoin Bowe and the entire membership of
Blessed wish to extend condolences to the family of Pastor Keith
Albury. Be assured that we will continue to pray for you as you go
through this period of loss. Be comforted and find solcace in the
promises we find in the Word of God.
Antoin R. Bowe (London, England) -->
I wish to offer my condolences on the passing of Pastor Albury. He
will continue to hold a special place in my heart and spiritual walk
as he encouraged me to be baptized and committed me to the watery
graves of baptism. You keep trusting in God and allow Him to renew
your strength from day to day. I hope that you can find comfort in
these words that I borrow from Tindley as we look forward to seeing
our Great Pastor again:
Burdens now may crush me down,
disappointments all around;
troubles speak in mournful sigh,
sorrow through a tear-stained eye.
There is a world where pleasure reigns,
no mourning soul shall roam its plains,
and to that land of peace and glory
I shall want to go someday.
Bell and Mackey Family: Our prayers are
with you as you go through this difficult period in your life. Even
when you feel God is not near, He is always there to comfort you.
Continue to trust and if we live right we know that will see Pastor
Albury someday. Please be encouraged and remember that weeping may
endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. God Bless You!
A. Reid (Director, Ellen G. White--SDA Research Centre, Northern
Caribbean University) The Director and Staff of the Ellen G. White-SDA
Research Centre, Northern Caribbean University, express condolences at the
passing of Pastor Albury. But be strengthened by the God of all mercies
for the days ahead. Oh! for that day when death’s shadow shall flee away.
Junie Parchment The Women's
Ministries Department of West Indies Union Conference expresses heart-felt
sympathy to you, Mrs. Ann Albury and family, at the passing of a beloved
husband, father, and friend. Be comforted by the fact that because Dr.
Keith Albury loved and feared God, he will be justly rewarded.
We pledge our support, and pray that you will find comfort as you
continue to trust in God, the One who never fails.
(Canada) I would like to extend my condolences to Pastor Albury's Family.
I went to Northern Caribbean University (Formerly, West Indies College)
and Darlene Albury was my Classmate. We graduated in 1981 from the
Secretarial Department. (
email@example.com ) I learned of
Pastor Albury's passing from my Mom in Jamaica, and I had to confirm this
with a mutual friend of Darlene who lives in Bermuda and was indeed sorry
to hear of his passing. May his Foundation continue to grow and although
his family is going through a difficult time right now, I want to wish
them God's richest blessings.
Robert, Elaine, Gina, Wayne and Tamia
(Freeport Adventist Church, Bahamas) We wish to express our
deepest sympathy and our heartfelt condolences to Ann, Anson, Alden and
Brandon. It is our prayer that God will comfort you and give you strength
as you go through this very difficult time and the days ahead. "The
Golden Morning is fast approaching, Jesus soon will come" Let us all be
faithful until that day when by God's grace we will be reunited in
Heaven. We love you and will continue to lift you and your family up in
The Gordon's Family - Delthony,
Esther and baby Jonathan (Nassau, Bahamas) To the immediate and
extend family of Dr. Keith D. Albury with special mention of Anson,
college roommate of Delthony and Esther's high school classmate: Our
wish and prayer for you all is that God will bestow His most awesome
blessings on you in this your time of bereavement. No words of sympathy
we can say will ever match the human hurt you are feeling in your
hearts. But one thing is true, when we look to the Giver of Life, the
One whose love created mankind in the Garden of Eden, we can see His
arms open wide, waiting to embrace us and give us peace in our hearts.
It is a true saying that where there’s life, there’s hope. But the
converse is also true that where there’s hope, there’s life. For the
Christian, hope is far greater than that which we so casually speak
about on a daily basis. The Christian’s hope, your hope, my hope, our
hope is hope in life beyond the grave. This lively hope is grounded in
the redemptive power of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He says, “I
am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he
were dead, yet shall he live.” Yes, we now live in a mortal and
finite state. But when He that is to come comes, “we shall be
changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:
…and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed…then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death
is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Cor. 15:51-54). Keep this hope
burning brightly in your hearts.
Witter Scott (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) Only eternity will be able
to account for the many noble deeds and acts of Pastor Keith Albury. As
a member of the graduating class of 1979, his class, I remember him as
he made his academic sojourn back then at West Indies College. He was
always so vibrant and energetic, he has always approached life with a
sense of purpose and seem to have ordered everything he does
accordingly. Most outstandingly, though, I remember his team preaching
at Jamaica Hall with his then companion in training, and later,
colleague in ministry, Pastor Jeff Thompson. Today, I am joined by my
husband, Everton and son Everett in expressing condolences to the Albury
and Brennen families. It is our prayer that God will strengthen you and
give you the courage to cope with this loss. It is said that, “a godly
man leaves his mark in this world long after he is dead and buried. His
story lives. His legacy continues. He has made an impression on fallen
earth just as surely as if those who loved him built a monument to his
good name.” May you be comforted by the wonderful memories he has left
behind and the Hope that we have in Christ eternal.
Mrs. Lilly Williams & sons –
Oswald & Matthew (Berrien Springs, Michigan): Dear Mrs. Ann Albury
& sons – Anson, Alden, Brendon and parents, We are sorry to hear of the
passing of your dear husband, father and son, Pastor Keith Albury. You
are in our thought and prayer as you walk through this time of grief and
pain. “When you have lost the one you love most dear, it is then the
ONE who loves you most is near.” Rest in God’s unfailing love and allow
Him to carry you through this difficult time. May you feel His presence
as He draws you closer to Himself.
Otto Gibbs: We are so saddened by the
loss of such a wonderful pastor & leader. We know that God's will is
always the best & He promises to be with us every step of the way.
Continue to serve him & remember that the joy of the Lord is your
strength. We're praying for you. Be strong in the Lord!
Charlisa Delancy: Anson, while each
experience is different, I do sympathize with you and your family during
this time of bereavement. I pray that you find much comfort in God's
word and that he will continue to be your strength and hope in the days
ahead. Your Oakwood College family mourns with you and you are in our
Phillip, Elaine, Lamarr and Nicole Lundy and
Patricia Whylly (Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas): To the Albury
Family: The Lundy family expresses their deepest sympathy in this time of
sorrow. May you find comfort in Jesus to bring you through this tough
time. We are praying for you.
Marcia Hylton (Emmanuel Adventist Church,
Bronx. New York). Never knew him. Never met him but sense the great loss
of a young man in his prime. To his wife and family: In the quiet moments
when the hurt is hard to bear, may the beauty of precious memories be your
comfort. Always in my prayers.
Enoch Bin-Menani (Berrien Springs,
Michigan,WIC Class '79): Julia, Our 4 Boys (Mugisha, Mutungi, Mujuni, and
Mugabe), and I, extend our deepest condolences to Ann, sons, parents and
conference. May God continue to give you comfort and assurance that at
resurrection morning you will be able to see Keith again. But until then,
stay firm, be faithful to Jesus, during this time of great loss.
Mr. and Mrs. Felton D. Beneby and family:
Sister Ann Albury, Pastor Anson, Alden, Brendon, parents, sisters and
family members, We share the loss of your loved one, Dr. Keith Albury, a
great man of God. We remember his life today and all that made him the man
he was: his beginnings, journey, work, gifts, the word of God he preached
with anointing and all that he enjoyed and found rewarding. We honor his
life today - his character, integrity, commitment to the things he stood
for, his good heart, sense of humor and helping hands. We celebrate his
life today - all the love, admiration and the respect he earned. We are
grateful and feel blessed for the time we have known him. Though we
grieve, thank the Lord for the blessed hope! We are praying for you.
From Yvon & Alice Cherenfant and Family
(Nassau, Bahamas) "Come unto Me, all ye that..are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 KJV. May you find assurance in His
Word... Strength in His presence... Comfort in His mercy... and Peace in
His love. May God comfort you.
Virginia Jarrett & Family: As you go
through this period of bereavement, we pray that God's words will comfort
you, His strength will uphold you, and His peace will sustain you. May
your hearts be encouraged by God's promises and the fact that others are
praying for you.
Earl & Irmine Bowen and family
(Bahamas): We hereby extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire
family, and more specifically to Sister Ann and sons at this most
difficult time in their life. May God continue to strengthen you and give
you peace until you are reunited with him on that great day.
Trail Family: May the God of peace be
with the Albury's family in these trying times. Our prayers are with you.
Thelma M. Evans (Nassau,
Bahamas) I take this opportunity to express my condolences to you Sister
Ann and the Anson, Alden & Brendon on the passing of your husband,
father and friend weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the
morning. My continued prayers and love.
Women’s Ministries Department, Mount Pisgah
Seventh-day Adventist Church (Miami, Florida):
Ministries’ team remembers Sister Ann Albury at this time. God will indeed
sustain you as you make what will be significant adjustments in your
life. God has promised never to leave you. His sweet, sweet spirit wants
to occupy your void and replace the tears with your beautiful smile. Dr.
Keith’s life will forever be an example and inspiration for each of us.
Let us therefore live according to God’s will, so that when our time
comes, He will find us faithful. We are praying for you. Please let us
know if there is anything else we can do.
Carmetta Humes & Family (Nassau,
Bahamas) We express our deepest sympathy. May God
give you the strength through these trying times. Be encouraged and
remember that we are praying for you.
Mount Pisgah Seventh-day Adventist Church
We grieve with the family of
Pastor Keith Albury, and extend our love and prayers at this difficult
period. Just as our church has been praying for our dear brother over the
past several months, we will continue to lift up his family before the
Lord. We are confident that because of your relationship with your
Heavenly Father, you will now find security under His wings. The
hymn-writer, Cushing, best expresses the approach we must take when we
face such tremendous loss:
Under his wings I am safely
Though the night deepens and
tempests are wild,
Still I can trust him;
I know He will keep me;
He has redeemed me, and I am His
Under His wings, what a refuge in
How the heart yearningly turns to
Often when earth has no balm for
There I find comfort, and there I
Under His wings, O what precious
There will I hide ‘til life’s
trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can
Resting in Jesus I’m safe
- May God
grant you peace and comfort in this your difficult hour!
(Shepherdess International – Cayman Islands): To Ann, my dear sister &
friend: Deepest sympathies to you, Anson, Alden, Brenden and the rest of
the bereaved family. It is difficult to adequately express our great
sorrow on the passing of your dear husband, Dr. Keith D. Albury who was an
outstanding and beloved spiritual leader.
The world has
definitely lost a very special person that has touched many lives. The
memories that Keith has made with all of us will live on forever in our
May it comfort you to know that
Shepherdess International of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day
Adventists share your sorrow. In fact, we are praying that God’s loving
presence will strengthen you during this difficult time. Our love and
continued prayers to you and your dear family. May God bless.
Sandy, Precious, & Santeche (Nassau):
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "Do not go where the path may lead, go
instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Pastor Keith D. Albury
has indeed embraced these words in that he walked down his own path and
remained humble, encouraging, loving and above all spiritual. The Bahamas
Conference and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church worldwide has lost someone
very special who has left a trail that will never be forgotten.
Been & B'Yonca Dixon:
To Ann, Anson, Alden, Brendon and Tammy
and all the other family members and loved ones: I cannot,
dare not say that I know what you are going through. I believe that God
knows all things best and it's when we turn to Him, especially in our
weakness, that His strength is made perfect. Please know that B'Yonca
and I are praying for you in this your wilderness experience. If there
is any deed that will help you through this time, please know that we
are here, your family -- along with the many members of your extended
family in the churches in Grand Bahama.
May God continue to keep you in His
perfect peace as you look forward to the glad day of reunion with Jesus
and Pastor Keith. I know we'll meet again in heaven. Just continue to
trust Him and continue to cherish all the wonderful memories that you
made together. I thank God for the life and ministry Pastor Keith and
all that he has done to build the Adventist church here in the Bahamas.
I pray that all who feel your loss will continue to forge along the same
path he took to ensure that all he had dreamed of and envisioned for the
Mission here in the North Bahamas will come to fruit by the Grace of
Trust in the Lord, with all your heart
and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him
and He shall direct your path. Weep not...he is resting in the bosom of
Leonard & Genevieve Sturrup & Family:
We can only imagine how you are feeling at this moment. Know that our
family is praying for your strength and comfort in the Lord, continue to
give Him thanks for the time you had with Pastor Albury. God is able to
bring you through this. Jesus says that we ought "always to pray and not
faint", Psalms 121 says "I will lift up my eyes to the Hill from when
cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord which made Heaven and
Earth...." May God grant you peace in the midst of your storm.
Ernest & Era Gibson (Freeport, Grand
Bahama) It is with a heavy heart that we write you in an effort to
express our profound sorrow for the loss you have experienced. Sister
Ann we are so sorry for the death of your husband and sons, the eath of
your father, siblings, for the death of your brother, and parents, for
the death of your son. Dr. Keith Albury was also our spiritual leader
and mentor. Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and
that there is no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Just remember to
celebrate his, for the love, laughter and the lessons will live on
forever in your hearts and minds. Sister Ann, we love and you and we
want you to know that you and our sons are in our prayers continuously.
May your faith console you and may your memories always sustain the
beautiful moments you have enjoyed with him. If there is any thing we
can do for you besides praying, please let us know!! Blessed are they
that mourn, for they shall be comforted. I am free don't grieve for me,
for now I am free I have followed the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned by back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To Laugh, to love, to work or play,
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I have found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah, yes, these things I know you will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch
Perhaps my time deemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it no with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Ricardo & Lisa Major (Miramar,
Florida) We want to express
our sincere condolences and while we may not be able to reach out and
touch you all, we are constantly praying that God will strengthen each and
every one of you during this time. Don’t loose hope and may his peace be
Clifford & Rachel Mackey and family: We
the Mackey family send our condolences to you on the passing of your
husband, father and brother. Take comfort in knowing you will see him
Duane, Laurie & Dylan Gibson (Nassau) Pastor Keith D. Albury
was certainly a visionary in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was
an outstanding leader and preacher of God's words. We will truly miss
him! Heart felt condolences to Sis. Ann Albury, a special lady, Anson,
Alden and Brandon. Condolences are also extended to Sis. Fanette
Albury, Darlene & Kenny, Wendy & Peter, Dawn, Londell & Deardra. May
God continue to strengthen all of you during this most difficult time.
Ronald, Bernadette, Stephen Brown and the
Brown Family (Maranatha Adventist Church Nassau Bahamas): Dear Family
I am truly sorry for your loss at this time. Pastor Albury encouraged my
son Stephen and myself with these words and I hope they will comfort you
also. " My brother and my sister be encouraged for God will not put more
on you than you can bear. Rest assured that if you trust God with all your
heart and all your might all will be well. I am praying for you that God
will every thing you need him to be. Be encouraged for you are not alone
for God's people are praying for you. May God bless you and your family"
Family be encouraged and draw from the love that Pastor Albury had for you
and most of all draw from the love God has for you.
Roy and Joan Stewartson (Kingston,
Jamaica) To the Albury's family: The good God who knew long ago that
you would encounter this sad experience is the same God who assures you
today that "beneath you are MY everlasting wings." Rest assured He will
never leave you nor forsake you. His love is stronger than death and
through Christ we are more than conquerors. Accept our
sincere condolences and be assured of our continued love and
prayers. Rest in the sure promise of the great getting up morning.
Michael, Elva,Tersa, Aria & Melissa
Bovell (Arizona): Our deepest sympathy go out to the Albury
family as you go through this difficult time of grief. When we heard of
his passing we were extremely saddened by the news. We will continue to
pray for the entire family during this difficult time of your life. David
the Psalmist says weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the
morning. May God continue to strengthen your heart as you go through this
difficult trial - for this too shall pass-. Romans 8:38-39 For I am
persuaded that neither DEATH, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Karen Burke Dear Ann and Family: My heart
is very heavy when I think of your loss and I am keeping you all in
fervent prayers before the Lord. However, I do know that Keith is now hid
with Christ in God and he rests quietly, awaiting the first trumpet
sound. His death will result in souls being won for the Kingdom, just as
his life did and he will rise again and embrace you all with great joy.
Our God is holding you very close to His heart during this painful
Mrs. Celestena Thomas, wife of the late Dr C J Thomas (Mandeville
Jamaica) extend condolences to Sis Ann Albury and family for the passing
of our beloved, respected and exemplary leader, Pastor Keith Albury.
"Take heart for yes, God cares.
He cares for the sparrow
And for the lily He cares,
We can tell, we need not worry about our tomorrow
For He holds our interest quite well.
Though rough be the road and scary
Though trouble besets weary feet
There'll be rest at last for the weary
And we'll see that He cared when we meet."
"Celestena V Thomas"
Carl & Joan Powell: (New Rochelle, New
York) We will never forget the experience of April 15, 1994 of hearing
Dr. Albury when he and an entourage came from the Bahamas to New
Rochelle Seventh-day Adventist Church in New Rochelle, New York. His
topic "Oneness" truly blessed our hearts. Sincere condolences to the
entire family. You are in our prayers that God will continue to comfort
you in these trying days.
Orencia V. Ferril (Nassau,
The Bahamas) It is indeed, an awful loss with the
passing of my dear friend, role model and pastor and your cherished
loved one, Pastor Keith Albury. During this time it might be a little
difficult to understand why through the teary mist and piercing grief.
But, take comfort in the knowledge that God has a LARGER and BROADER
plan that includes a glad and glorious reunion. Oh, on that great
gettin' up morning...!
Keva Bethel: To Mrs. Albury and children:
Please accept my sincerest condolences to all of you on the passing of
your late husband and father, Dr. Keith Albury. I was a teacher at the
Government High School when Keith was a student there. I had the privilege
of teaching him and cherish many memories of those happy days. I am so
pleased that I had the opportunity to see and talk with him during his
stay at Doctors' Hospital last year (which coincided with my brother's
period of hospitalization) and to reminisce about times past. I grieve
with you and your family, the Adventist Church in the Bahamas and beyond
at the loss of such a gifted and spiritual young leader. We were all very
proud of him and his accomplishments and of what he stood for in our
community. We in The Bahamas have truly lost one of our most illustrious
sons. We can all take comfort however in knowing that he is surely with
the God whom he loved and served so faithfully throughout his too short
life. With every assurance of my prayerful support at this sad time.
On behalf of the McCalla family, we extend our condolences to the Albury
family in this their hour of bereavement. ".....weeping may endure for a
night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Olive Rahming: I have
read all the negative comments some members are saying and viewed the
photos and saw the turn out on Sabbath. Please be encouraged and
hold on to God's unchanging hands. Know that God is with you and He is
helping you through this. My heart is saddened with what I am reading. I
will be praying for you. God Continued Blessing Love.