The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The sud­den pass­ing of for­mer Pres­i­dent and in­cum­bent 1st Vice Pres­i­dent of the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture, Chris­tian Fer­rer Irving Hus­bands, is a most dif­fi­cult heart loss, one with which the in­sti­tu­tion will have dif­fi­culty com­ing to grips.

Chris­tian served as a Cham­ber board mem­ber for over eight years, two of which he served as Pres­i­dent, bring­ing his quiet, yet de­ter­mined com­po­sure and bal­ance to his ev­ery ef­fort. His per­son­able and af­fa­ble man­ner per­mit­ted him to reach all whom he met, as he treated all with the same in­ti­mate re­spect and dig­nity, re­gard­less of sta­tion. His quiet dis­po­si­tion and sharp wit were ac­com­pa­nied by an in­quis­i­tive mind and car­ing heart.

He had a pas­sion for the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, which he lamented; Saint Lu­cia was ig­nor­ing and not tak­ing ad­van­tage of the tremen­dous and nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties which he saw. He served as the man­ager and rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Union Vale Es­tate, which al­lowed him to stay close to the sec­tor which he un­der­stood and loved and in which he had been pri­vately in­volved in his ear­lier days.

His deep sense of com­mu­nity drove him to en­sure that the Cham­ber main­tained a cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity agenda through its Ju­nior Achieve­ment, Sports Pro­gramme and St. Lu­cia Youth Busi­ness Trust. He en­sured the lat­ter was es­tab­lished while he served as Pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber. He as­sumed, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, the role of Chair­man of Ju­nior Achieve­ment in 2012 and led the or­gan­i­sa­tion with exquisite aplomb, win­ning him and Ju­nior Achieve­ment St. Lu­cia the re­spect and ac­co­lades of other pro­grammes in the re­gion and of Ju­nior Achieve­ment In­ter­na­tional.

Chris­tian leaves be­hind an out­stand­ing and im­pres­sive legacy of pro­grammes which he cham­pi­oned and ini­ti­ated in many spheres of en­deav­our in­clud­ing youth devel­op­ment, sports, ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, busi­ness, bank­ing, health and pri­vate sec­tor devel­op­ment.

The Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture, Ju­nior Achieve­ment St. Lu­cia and the St. Lu­cia Youth Busi­ness Trust have lost a great sup­porter and cham­pion. His won­der­ful per­son­al­ity and staunch char­ac­ter have left an in­deli­ble mark on all with which he was in­volved.

Chris­tian leaves be­hind a lov­ing fam­ily, rel­a­tives and many friends. We have all lost a dear and lov­ing friend. The world is a lesser place for his de­par­ture. He will be re­mem­bered.

Fare thee well our friend.

Chris­tian Hus­bands who was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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