I did not know him well and I will not pretend that he was my close friend. However when the news of the passing of Charles Brisbane reached me whilst on official travel, I felt compelled to write these few words.
Mr Brisbane was a great friend of St Kitts Nevis. More specifically, he was a great friend of Nevis. Whilst I had known him and who he was it was a call some two years ago that he made to me asking what donation he could make to Nevis a land he loved that moved me greatly. He eventually decided to donate a brand new vehicle to the Police in Nevis. What struck me most was his statement that he wanted nor needed any publicity. He just wanted to give back to a land that he loved. Such altruism is rare and perhaps it is rare because Mr Brisbane had far more than his share of it. As I searched online for his name, almost every mention was of him giving something, donating something, helping someone. Mr Brisbane wasn’t the Red Cross but he operated as if he was, constantly giving, constantly looking out for others. He gave to the Police, to Culturama to projects big and small.
For his altruism and love of country Mr Brisbane deserves our profound respect and gratitude. I wish his family to know that we are joined in prayer for them and we hope that our collective memories of his life of service will comfort them and us in this hour of mourning. May his soul rest in eternal peace.