Anguilla mourns death of entrepreneur Albert Lake

The late Albert Lake.


ANGUILLA–News of the death of Albert Lake at 91 years of age quickly spread around the island on Monday, October 30, and many tributes were paid to him through the various radio stations. Lake was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, land owner and much more. He started a grocery store many years ago and his business ventures have developed into what is now called “Lake’s World.” He was married to Elodia Lake and they have seven children.

  His businesses include a large grocery store with adjacent wholesale store, a hardware store, a gas station, a home décor store, a quarry that produces all grades of rock, gravel and sand, and an export business for blocks. He was a generous man who was always willing to support charitable causes. Most recently he had given land to the Rotary Club that they raffled to raise funds for the Blood Bank at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. 

  Lake attended the Valley Boys School but as was often the case in those days he did not finish school, but this did not stop him from using his wisdom, common sense and love for hard work to progress. At a young age he became a shoemaker with his father, tended cattle in St. Maarten and at the age of 13 cut cane in Santo Domingo. He returned to Anguilla at the age of 16 and began his business life. He raised crops which he sold in Anguilla, St. Maarten and St. Barths, he sold meat around Anguilla and eventually established his business in the centre of The Valley which grew into a rum shop, grocery store, haberdashery and gas station.

  Lake was respected throughout the island for his hard work and service to the people. He was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1978 and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999.

Source: The Daily Herald