Caribbean Retirement Happiness: Emmett Pace

by Emmett Pace

Emmett resides in his Caribbean Paradise: Bequia. Emmett has a wonderfully happy retirement... who wouldn't in paradise? Grin! Don't take me wrong - he's not sitting around sunbathing and drinking umbrella drinks all day! Read on...

Introducing Emmett Pace from

I'm the lucky, happy guy you find talking about life and strife with local friends and visitors here on the paradise island of Bequia (pronounced Beck-wee; see, where I'm developing land and selling real estate, not just as a hobby, but to help pay the bills.

I met my wife Heather here when she was on vacation from New York City. My "retired" life sure beats the winters in West Virginia, 34 years in the steel business, and years of my own cooking.

What kinds of challenges do I tackle daily in paradise?

1. Getting the vehicle to run

2. wetting (not watering) the tropical plants

3. locating and buying the supplies the__________(fill the blank with: gardener, painter, housekeeper, contractor, etc) assured me yesterday were not needed for today's task.

4. Going to the ferry dock to see if the supplies coming from the nine mile distant mainland, which were promised on the first ferry at 9 AM, then assured to be on the 11:30 AM, which were not on the 12:30 PM or the 2 PM ferries, have made it on the 5PM or 5:30 PM boat.

5. Visiting the locations to determine whether the persons engaged to perform above tasks (who have no proper supplies) appeared and what else they need for the job . . . such as cold beer, a small loan, or a ride home.

Do my fellow retiree expats and I have a fulfilling purpose?

Of course we do. Total retirement success is having another day tomorrow as wonderful as today. . . . friends, family, no clouds, good breeze, and great sounds from the tree frogs.

Emmett Pace

Norway House

Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Friend since 50’s
by: Dotty Lash

Emmett. Haven’t seen you since times at Garden City. I had tried your 843 # but no longer yours! I looked for you when your brother made Bethany Hall of Fame.

Glad to hear your island life is working out for you. Congrats on your marriage.

Dotty Lash

Hi From the Hawkins Clan
by: Your Name/Location

Hi Emmett!

I am not sure if you're the Emmett Pace that was friends with our family:

The Hawkins from Huntington WV (1970s)

Just curious
-Kim Hawkins
khawkins at

Workshop in Bequia
by: Mike the potter

Hi Emmett
We're looking for a place to carry on our workshop in Bequia and wondered if you would be interested in a short lease on Sugar Reef (or anywhere else suitable). We've worked on the island for such a long time - over 40 years! and we understand the property is not being used at present.
Please can you help us out!
Kind regards
Mike & Maggie

Hi Emmett!!
by: Jan Fedeles/Atlanta, Georgia

I cannot believe, I looked up your name and found you here; on this beautiful island. I am so glad you are happy and married! You deserve both.

I actually first looked you up while sitting with my father in the nursing home; over 2 years ago. I was able to show him about you and he was glad to see a friend from his past. Unfortunately, he died on Aug 1; 2 yrs ago. My mother died in 2015.

I miss them and will never forget our trips to Pawleys Island where we stayed in your wonderful home. Thank you for the opportunity.

I am in the laundry mat of all places and something on TV reminded me of you again. So I just wanted to say hello. I hope you do not get a loud notification when you get an email. Would hate to wake you up. I suppose I should have waited until the sun comes up to email you. But now that I have done so, I will send and hope for the best.

As I wish you all the best. My brother, David, lives on St. Croix. Life sounds good there.

The hassles do not seem all that bad since tomorrow is another day to get done what you cannot complete today.

Take good care and hello to Heather.
Warmest regards, Jan

Hello Cousin
by: Ellen Padgett Lee/ Lewisville, NC

Hello Emmett-

Ellen Padgett Lee here. I just "Googled" you and found your site.

Mary Ann and I think of you (and the rest of our distant family) often. Bobbie, Mother and Aunt Mary Lane would be ashamed that we have not kept in touch.

I was happy to see that you're enjoying island life and doing well.

Mary Ann has twin grandsons & a granddaughter. Buzzy has a grandson and a granddaughter. I got a late start but... 3 grandsons and 4 granddaughters with #5 on-the-way!

Know that you are thought of often and missed by your stateside cousins.

Sending Love and Prayers!

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