Dodbrook Weekes was born in St. Philip, Barbados, West Indies. He attended schools in Barbados. He came to the United States in 1946 and was associated with his father’s restaurant, “Weekes Restaurant” in New Rochelle, NY until 1963.
On April 30, 1949, he married Violet Hodge here at St Simon’s where they were both members.
He was an Institutional Representative and Chairman of the New Rochelle Boy Scout Troup #8. He was a self-employed General Contractor from 1952 to 1968. Mr. Weekes joined the staff of the New York Life Insurance Company in 1968 as a Field Underwriter.
As a member of St. Simon Church since 1946, Dodbrook is an active participant in the life of the parish. He retired from the Vestry on December 31, 1999, after more than 30 years, the last 25 as Senior Warden. He is a licensed Lay Reader and Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the choir and is still a member of the Men’s Fellowship Group. He is also a member of the Episcopal Black Caucus and the Union of Black Episcopalians.
At the 1999, Diocesan Convention, Dodbrook was awarded the Bishop’s Cross for outstanding service to the church.
Dodbrook and daughter Sharon
Mr. Weekes joined Xenia Lodge #50, Prince Hall Masons in 1947, was Master in 1966 and 1967; Treasurer 1969-1982; President of the Past Master’s Council of Xenia Lodge; President of Xenia Temple Associates; Past Worthy Patron of Maybelle Chapter #18, Order of the Eastern Stars; Member of St. John’s Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, High Priest in 1967; served as Grand Principal Sojourner and District Deputy Grand Lecturer with the most Excellent Grand Chapter Holy Royal Masons; Illustrious Commander and Chief Pentecost Consistory #98, 32nd degree Mason and is also a member of Elejmal Temple #185 A.E.A.O.N.M.S. Dodbrook was named a Grand Inspector General of the 33rd degree and elevated to membership in the United State Supreme Council.
On October 13, 1985, Mr. Weekes received a Proclamation from Westchester County for community services. He later received a Proclamation from the County Board of Legislators on their 7th Annual Awards from the Inter-religious Council of Churches and has served on the Board of Directors for the Inter-religious Council and has served on the Business and Finance Committee for the Dial Help Program, a local suicide prevention program. He was a Board Member for Meals-on-Wheels and a member of the New Rochelle Cricket Club for 54 years and was their President for a number of years.
Mr. Weekes is also District Leader for the Democratic Party and was appointed as a member of the Board of Standards and Appeals by then Mayor Timothy C. Idoni.
His involvement in community service has earned Dodbrook recognition from the Inter-religious Council along with many other proclamations from Westchester County on October 13, 1985, and from the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
He is enjoying his retirement by socializing at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center, attending many social and religious events and has traveled extensively through Europe, Africa and of course the Caribbean and enjoys his second home in Barbados.
He is about to celebrate his 90th Birthday on April 3.
Dodbrook resides in New Rochelle. His wife Violet predeceased him in 2007. He has one daughter Sharon and two sons, Dodbrook Jr. and Edward Sr.