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Nov 3, 2009

Captain Charles Good passes away

Story PictureCaptain Charles Good’s mission ended when he succumbed to a heart attack early this morning. Good was a personality to reckon with and built a reputation in the B.D.F. and police force between 1969 and 1990. He became a household name when in 2007 he protested in front of the Social Security Board. Days after he initiated the protest his claims for better benefits were met. But when his wife was fired as a school warden on August third of this year for admittedly political reasons, Captain Good launched perhaps one of the longest vigils in the name of justice; first at the Supreme Court building and then at the Battlefield Park across the street. His protest evolved into a hunger strike, despite his diabetic condition. But now the father of twelve children is dead. Marion Ali reports.

Jose Sanchez (October 22nd, 2009)
“If you pass away, you will leave behind four kids and a wife. They would be without you. Is it really worth it?”

Charles Good, Suing Government (October 22nd, 2009)
“In my mind, yes. Look Sanchez, you got to make sacrifices in these issues. People have died, people have been beaten up, people have been arrested, they have been jailed, they have died they, have been killed. So for me this is no different.”

Marion Ali Reporting
The only thing that is different today is that Retired Captain Charlie Good is no longer with us. Captain Good had been staging an ongoing protest against the Ministry and Minister of Education since his wife Hirian was fired as a school warden in August. The sixty-two year old died this morning at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital from a massive heart attack. Hirian Good said he started feeling ill on Monday evening and when night came he told her to go home to their children. She did and that was the last time she saw him alive.

Hirian Good, Wife of Charles Good
“Ih seh gial yoh have to go home, tek care ah dehn kids and come back tomorrow morning. I noh usually left because all di time when I go I stay deh with him. This was the first time. If I mi know dis dah mi fi hi last day or di last night I mi wah find wah way how fi get dehn kids home and stay wid ah. Four o’clock di phone ring, di nurse seh Ms Good you need to come right now because yoh husband noh di feel good, ih di get worse. When ah reach deh the security tell me “ah sorry Ms Good, ih deh upstairs dah medical ward but never tek it no way. When the nurse come I see ih di tek ih time fi talk so I seh nurse dah weh happen? I tell ah ih really deh eena bad shape? Ih seh miss, yoh husband passed away. I she what? No, that can’t be.”

Hirian Good said that in disbelief she went to see her husband’s body and promised to carry on the fight which he started for her cause.

Hirian Good
“And ah tell ah bwai you can’t goh yet, not yet, we noh finish di fight yet. Before di third ah August dah man mi di do well, yes ih get sick and soh but regular thing I used to see. But after the third, fi we stress and struggle start. What we were looking for was justice because it was never right what Patrick Faber do with we. I wah continue the fight. I noh di give up. I di do dis eena di name ah Charles Good because Charlie Good mi di stand up fi what is right and I can’t give up.”

Stacey Smith did not grow up with her father, but she says he proved to be a good dad who looked out for all his children.

Stacey Smith, Daughter of Captain Charles Good
“I remember once coming here and thinking that he wasn’t checking up on me and I looked at a newspaper that was in front of him and I saw the phone number for Wesley College and at that time I was attending Wesley College so I knew he was checking to see if I’m getting my grades correct.”

Hirian Good says her fight is not only for herself against the system and the minister, but for anyone who is victimized because of politics. And in the true style of a military soldier, Good fought to the bitter end.

Hirian Good
“He gone down fighting fi what he knew was right because political thing, it’s not right. Dehn have to stop dat. People suffer and dah lone single mothers more or less. Now dehn turn me into a single mother now. I mi got my husband and I mi got my job. I woulda still got my husband yah wid me. So Patrick Faber you turn me into wah single mother now. I hope you’re happy about that. I hope unnu stop dehn foolishness di fire people jus because they are not U.D.P.’s. unnu look pan dat. Dat is not right. Everybody have the right to vote fi who dehn want vote.”

Hirian Good says the death of her husband has now compounded her family’s dire financial constraints as she is still looking for a job. If you can help her, you can reach her at 623-0844. Reporting to News Five, Marion Ali.

Hirian Good is also hoping that her case against the Minister of Education, the Ministry of Education and the Manager of the Truancy Unit, Dale Anthony, will be called before the courts soon and that it will end favorably for her so that she can pay her debts and see her four teenage children through high school. She has asked sympathizers to assist her family financially instead of wreaths and flowers. She has not yet set a date for his funeral but says he will be laid to rest in Cayo, as was his request.

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