Vale Sir Brian Bell, I salute you

Many people have come and gone. Many people have loved PNG but have left. One man stood out as a shinning example of an extraordinary life spanning over 50 years of caring, giving and sharing his life, his wealth and his time with ordinary Papua New Guineans.
I knew him and met him on numerous occasions at charity events. He would always walk across the room with that small swagger to embrace and kiss me.

He was a staunch Anglican and lived in a humble abode behind the St Martins Anglican Church in Boroko, Port Moresby. I remember clearly the time when my friend Kathy Johnston and I went to his house one Sunday afternoon to take him to the salon to get his toe nails clipped. He was appreciative of a simple gesture like that, even though what he did for us Papua New Guineans was & is immeasurable!

Sir Brian Bell was a true pioneer in business as well as philanthropy who has left a significant legacy in Papua New Guinea. He had a genuine passion for the people of this country and will be fondly remembered.

Rest in God's Eternal Peace Sir Brian.

“The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
Job 1:21 (RSV)



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