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Sep 24, 2007

Supreme Court honours memory of former C.J.

Story PictureToday the legal community gathered in Belize City for a special sitting of the Supreme Court convened to honour the late Sir George Brown. Brown served more than forty years as a judicial officer, rising from the ranks of Magistrate to only the second Belizean to sit as Chief Justice of Belize. He passed away at his home in June but according to those who knew him best, Brown will always be remembered for both his professional accomplishments and his devotion to Belize’s youth.

Justice Troadio John Gonzalez, Former Schoolmate
“Sir George used his knowledge and love of football and sailing as a medium to ameliorate the lives of the youths of Belize and indeed the community as a whole. Sir George organized a number of football clubs for his “boys” who by and large were marginalized and he introduced many a youth to the sport of sailing. It is for this unselfish sacrifice and contribution to the youths of Belize and the community that he was knighted in January 1991.”

Francis Fonseca, Attorney General of Belize
“Sir George not only subscribed to his oath of office, he lived it. He upheld the constitution and the law conscientiously and impartially, discharged his duties to the best of his abilities and did right to all manner of people without fair or favour, affection or ill will. That was and is, the Sir George we all knew and respected. He was a passionate defender of the rule of law and the principles of natural justice.”

Dr. Abdaulai Conteh, Chief Justice of Belize
“When the roll call is called up yonder in the words of the hymn that was so resoundingly sung at his funeral, Sir George Noel Brown will be there. May his soul rest in peace and the Lord grant him eternal rest.”

In May 1998, the former Chief Justice, Ella-Jean Gillett and Valentina Reyes established the George Noel Brown Foundation which encourages participation in athletics and craftsmanship through activities like boat building, sailing, and football, a programme for which he was awarded the James A. Waight award in February by the Belize Audubon Society.

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