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UPDATE: Attorney Rosan-Bunbury; a mother, wife, magistrate & pioneer

Former Magistrate and Attorney Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury died on December 31, 2017 at a United Kingdom hospital. She was 46 years of age. Photo: Team of Reporters
Former magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury passed away on December 31, 2017 after battling with stage four breast cancer for some months. Photo: VINO/File
Former magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury passed away on December 31, 2017 after battling with stage four breast cancer for some months. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The late Mrs Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury, who died on December 31, 2017 at a United Kingdom hospital, was born in the Virgin Islands on May 7, 1971 making her 46 years of age at the time of her passing.

The late attorney was diagnosed with breast cancer and it appears that the deadly disease had already spread to her bones when she went for treatment.

The former crown magistrate is survived by her husband Alec G. Bunbury Snr and three children- Adin 7, AJ 13 and Delauni 18.

A pioneer in her own rights

The deceased graduated cum laude from the University of the Virgin Islands with a major in Business Management. Mrs Rosan-Bunbury went on to obtain her law degree in the United Kingdom (UK) where she attended Northumbria University and graduated in 2002.

She was also called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Virgin Islands (VI) that same year. In fact, the late magistrate was one of the earliest set of students that started receiving their legal education from the UK, a break from the tradition of the University of the West Indies.

She 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 VI students to study law there.

Mrs Rosan-Bunbury 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.

Many residents are saddened

Many residents from all walks of life and some in the legal fraternity have described the late attorney as a fighter for the rights of the people, which also led her to seek elective office as an At Large candidate with the Opposition Virgin Islands Party in the 2015 election.

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.

The Staff, Management and Board of Directors of Virgin Islands News Online express our sincere condolences to her immediate family and other loved ones on the untimely passing of attorney Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury.

See previous story published December 31, 2017

Former Magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury passes

Virgin Islands News Online can confirm that former magistrate Charmaine R. Rosan-Bunbury has passed.

Mrs Rosan-Bunbury, an At Large candidate with the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in the 2015 elections, passed away early this morning, December 31, 2017 in an overseas hospital.

She was recently diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.

Ms Rosan-Bunbury was the mother of three boys, aged 18, 13 and 7.

According to the GoFundMe account that was set up for Mrs Rosan-Bunbury, she was rushed to hospital on Sunday October 1, 2017 following a spasm attack at her residence due to a severe back pain.

It further mentioned that a cat scan revealed that she developed legions on her spine and that indicated that the cancer had spread to her bones.

A voice for the voiceless

One of the first to extend condolences to the family of Mrs Rosan-Bunbury is Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

"It is with deep sadness I express my condolences to the family of the late Charmaine Rosan-Bunbury on behalf of my family and I as well as on behalf of the entire Virgin Islands Party family. Our dear sister now deceased was one who dedicated her life standing for what was right and never compromised her position. She was a voice for the voiceless."

Hon Fahie added that this year the Virgin Islands has lost many loved ones and unfortunately that also includes Mrs Rosan-Bunbury.

"We have lost a member of the legal fraternity, a mother, a political activist, a friend, a person that meant so many different things to so many different persons. Let us cherish the many fond memories of our dear sister, friend and family in our hearts forever. May her soul rest in eternal peace."

25 Responses to “UPDATE: Attorney Rosan-Bunbury; a mother, wife, magistrate & pioneer”

  • foxy (31/12/2017, 16:32) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad rip sister
  • ... (31/12/2017, 16:40) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like the people's man Hodge this is another blow to the country
  • OMG (31/12/2017, 17:10) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
  • me (31/12/2017, 17:35) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    2017 the death of famous virginislands
  • VIP together Movement (31/12/2017, 18:37) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is so sad to hear this. A woman with substance and had more to offer her beloved Virgin islands, is now with the ages. Deepest sympathy to the family. RIP Charmaine.
  • fool (31/12/2017, 19:48) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
    May spells be upon her. Amen.
    • @fool (01/01/2018, 00:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    • mr. emmitt (01/01/2018, 23:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, spells be to her. In Scottish tradition, the saying of Spells to someone is a time honoured adaged, reserved for the stewards of a civil society. No more different to wishing someone Godspeed. So Charmaine, may the spells guide you through.
  • Cuz (31/12/2017, 21:12) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Tears tears tears
  • Andrew Cox Sr (01/01/2018, 02:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sincere condolences to the all the family one thing I can say 2017 was not easy it must go down in our history as on of the devastating years in BVI History
  • Charley Rose (01/01/2018, 06:39) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is very sad. My condolence goes out to immediate family and to the Virgin Islands Party. The fight will continue for justice of the people. Rest In Peace Charmaine. We love you.
  • Oh no Charmaine! (01/01/2018, 08:11) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Deepest condolences to your husband, children and family!
  • sad (01/01/2018, 09:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    My sincere condolences to the entire family. May God be their strength at this time.
  • cay (01/01/2018, 10:20) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    women power she has been a fighter for justice
    • Reply (02/01/2018, 21:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      she had to fight this wicked government for what they did her firing the child
  • you can be sick and still be (01/01/2018, 11:15) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    a friend of Jesus. it doesn't matter what we may go thru in live whether thru the good or bad happy or sad always be a friend of Jesus .I was always praying for her, my sister, a cousin,myself and others who may be going thru similar or some form of illness.God knows best and may her soul rest in peace .my sympathy to her family and pls someone reach out to the family especially those their guiding angels especially in this time and even after.God blessings.
  • Deeply Touched (01/01/2018, 13:32) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am so Touched to the core. A church sister and friend. Her death a surprise having read the article of her illness asking for donations. She was a fearless advocate of Justice, and equality before the law. She wrote as she spoke.. Without regards to social status, educational background, religious affiliation or financial status. She was a beacon, a true BVI Beacon.
    God be with her family especially the boys. L an deeply saddened. But.... Blessed are the dead that die in Christ!
  • Man about rown (01/01/2018, 15:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the bereaved entire family and friends. May your soul rest in perfect peace. You have ran the race, you have defend Social Justice within our democratic society and you have served the BVI community admirably.
  • sad (01/01/2018, 19:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I really feel sad for her......its a road all of us have to go.
  • knightrider (01/01/2018, 19:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You are at peace.
  • Jack-B-Quik (01/01/2018, 23:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    My old classmate and buddy. Hadn't seen her in so many years until right after Hurricane Irma. Was extremely happy to converse and catch up with her one final time. May God grant her eternal peace, and I extend my condolences to her family. May God be with you all in this very difficult time. So, so sad.
  • Nickkie (02/01/2018, 12:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Miss. Bunbury you will serve to be an example and inspiration for young ladies not only in the VI but to all who read your story. Too bad most of us are hearing about your journey only at the time of death. Thank you for your shining example perserverence.
  • B Savage (02/01/2018, 13:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hold firm Alec the Most High will see you through.
  • Indra Hariprashad-Charles (02/01/2018, 16:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    My profound sympathy to Charmaine's husband, her three kids, the Rosan family and the entire Virgin Islands as another great professional has departed this terrestrial bliss too soon. During my tenure in the Virgin Islands, Charmaine confided in me and sought my advice so that she could be a better judicial officer. I had always found her to be most respectful, hard-working and with an independent mind. She wanted the best for the Virgin Islands. She was a very proud Virgin Islander and espoused strong feelings in that respect. I do hope that her family will find solace in the fact that she ran a good race even though short.
    May the soul of a dear sister rest in eternal peace.

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