Bennett was a stalwart in the community of Nain
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Basil Herbert Bennett, who passed away on February 4, 2017, was a most hard-working, honest, humble humanitarian, with a truly benevolent spirit. He was a builder of communities.
Barrett was a former principal of Nain All-Age (now Nain High School), and an outstanding educator who believed passionately in education, sports, discipline, human and community development, and dedicated his entire life to these noble causes.
He was the proudest past student of Nain School, lifted the pride and spirit of the school and under his inspiring leadership from 1979-2010, the school excelled in academics, sports and cultural activities, winning many competitions and numerous awards.
He lived by the school's motto, 'If we rest we rust, so soar we must', and was involved in everything! He served as lay reader, Anglican Church, from 1973, justice of the peace since 1995 and returning officer for South East St Elizabeth since 1997.
Barrett was board chairman of many schools and served with distinction in leadership positions such as president, chairman, secretary and treasurer of many clubs and organisations.
Man of many hats
He served as president of Nain United Club, Nain Past Students Association, St Elizabeth Leaders Association, St Elizabeth Teachers' Association, the Anglican Church Teachers' Association and its St Elizabeth's Brotherhood of St Andrew, a member of JTA election and disciplinary committee, its St Elizabeth's sports coordinator, Life member of JTA South Central Executive since 1993, Scouts leader since 1969 and chairman of the St Elizabeth 4-H Club and Essex Valley Sports Council.
Teacher Bennett moulded thousands of lives; a true humanitarian reaching out to the less fortunate, especially needy students, he was there for everyone during rough times, especially in illness and mourning and was literally at every funeral.
His life was of dedicated service to communities and given the indelible impact he made on Nain School and surrounding communities, it is no surprise the enthusiastic endorsement and overwhelming support of the idea for his alma mater to be renamed in his honour.
May his soul rest in peace.
Daive R. Facey.