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‘Have Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury lie in state’ – Senior Civil Servant

Former magistrate, practising attorney and political aspirant, Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan - Bunbury died on December 31, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The late Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury was one of the four Territorial At Large candidates for the Virgin Islands Party at the 2015 snap elections. She was able to secure 1,770 votes in an unsuccessful bid. Photo: VINO/File
The late Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury was one of the four Territorial At Large candidates for the Virgin Islands Party at the 2015 snap elections. She was able to secure 1,770 votes in an unsuccessful bid. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN Tortola VI – A senior government official has called for the late former magistrate and attorney Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury to be given a state viewing.

Lying in state is the tradition in which the body of a dead official or someone of national significance is placed in a state building to allow the public to pay their respects. It traditionally takes place in the principal government building of a country, state, or city.

"There is always the exception to the rule and VINO I really am not the one to go public on this but I think it needs to be said, so I trust you to protect me as I stand in the gap for this patriotic woman and daughter of the BVI," said the senior government official.

Mrs Rosan-Bunbury died on December 31, 2017. She was 46 years of age.

Rosan-Bunbury ‘broke the chains’ for locals in many ways

"She broke the chains in ways more than one for locals and you told her story truthfully in your article of her - at least three firsts she has as a local to her name and they are significant respected and historic firsts," he added.

According to our source, "There are many things I learnt from hurricane Irma and one of them is to find a way to speak the truth and another is that we are all the same in the eyes of God and nature and we need to honour each other's contribution, great or small, and I am here to appeal to our Governor and our Premier to do due diligence to this deserving woman and her family and honour her contributions to this territory. I suggest the best way to do this is to have her lie in state."

Further making a case for his suggestion, the senior civil servant said the honour would give her three sons something to add to the memory of their mother who fought on many fronts, her last being her battle with cancer.

“Give her husband some strength to move on adding to the uncountable hours he spent supporting her every endeavours.

“Give the people of these Virgin Islands the assurance that we stand for them in every way and have the temperament to put aside politics and do what we must to show that after all we are one people."

An accomplished woman

The late Rosan-Bunbury was also one of the earlier students from the VI to be called to the Bar in England and Wales, helping to open up opportunities for other Virgin Islands students to study law there.

She was also one of the first locals to be appointed as a full time Government Magistrate, before leaving the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Once she left the civil service in a way that led to her suing the Government, she started her own law firm Rosan Law, an active law firm up to the time of her passing.

While she was unsuccessful in her first bid at political office in 2015 the late Rosan-Bunbury was outspoken, honest, articulate and was never afraid to take on her opponents in a frank way that told her side.

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17 Responses to “‘Have Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury lie in state’ – Senior Civil Servant”

  • vi (04/01/2018, 10:34) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    Oh Please. Hell no. All she did is caused the same Govt who hired her embarrassment by trying to slap them with a law suit
  • ... (04/01/2018, 10:40) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    not a bad idea
    • SMDH Again (04/01/2018, 15:32) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes her and every other civil servant. Strupps!!!! Let the woman rest in peace without creating unnecessary controversy and provoking ill will.
  • Windy (04/01/2018, 10:42) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    we NOT even hearing if the People's Man will lie in state you expect she too?
  • SMH (04/01/2018, 10:51) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply

    We always wait until people pass away to talk #$%%! Let the lady rest in peace and her family be comforted at this time. When she was alive where were all the kind words? Politics is just sickening.

    • Gumption. (04/01/2018, 21:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agreed with you. It’s a crazy taboo that must be broken around here.
  • man about town (04/01/2018, 10:59) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    I am in full agreement with the person who has made such recommendation and I join in support of HER Majesty Representative H. E the Governor and the Hon. Primeier to hear the voice of the people. We the people of the Virgin Islands were created by God and believe in certain principles.
  • Big strong (04/01/2018, 11:38) Like (4) Dislike (16) Reply
    We the people support the idea
  • CharleyRose (04/01/2018, 12:14) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
    I truly appreciate the suggestion for the late magistrate to lie in state for viewing of her remains. As a woman she has made significant contribution the legal profession, and broke the sealing for women in general. Her contribution has inspired other female to higher heights in the public service.

    In the field of politics, she stood up against the entire NDP. Though she was unsuccessful at the polls, her debates and presentations touched the hearts of many. It will be a fitting tribute if the VIP can win the next General Elections when it is call. Rest In Peace and may her memory lives on.
  • Oh Please! (04/01/2018, 13:17) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where the hell were you when she needed you and others to stand in solidarity with her as the very same government pull her through the mud? BVI people have short memories.
    I say to the family, be strong, do what seems best for you and your dearly departed but for sure if it was my family member it wouldn't happen. Hmmmm, the stress they put that poor soul through. Try go kick rocks!
  • Moesha (04/01/2018, 15:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Oh please, if that was my family I would not accept their request for her to lay in their building. I already pay for the funeral home and the church whatever, that's where her body would have been viewed
  • ... (04/01/2018, 19:18) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
  • wize up (04/01/2018, 20:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    VIP have lost a good political candidate
  • we with her (04/01/2018, 23:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good job Sr Civil servant! Good job
  • man about town (05/01/2018, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have observed that the devastation of Hurricane IRMA didn't change the mines of most people living in the British Virgin Islands. What will it take to bring us together?
    • mercy (07/01/2018, 20:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cat 5 still bad. earth quake got worst. tidal wave stab you in the back .flooding nepotism. still trying to figure out which of these disaster will change them

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