Brisett calls for completion of Belvedere Church

POSTED: 04/7/11 11:50 AM

“Then he may truly rest in peace.”

St. Maarten – “Then he may truly rest in peace.” With those words Reverend E. Lloyd Brisett – officiating minister at the funeral of the late  Edgar Lynch -, urged those who loved the deceased to accomplish his dream of a Methodist Church in Belvedere. Lynch was a member of the Island Council, a Commissioner and State Secretary.

Ground was broken for the project, which became controversial in the days following, on March 6, 2010. The controversy surrounded the fact that Tourism Commissioner Frans Richardson said government would give the church 500, 000 guilders from the tourism marketing budget to construct the new sanctuary. The move immediately drew criticism and Richardson asserted that government was paying because of an oversight had been made earlier. In a press release on March 12, 2010 the Superintendent Minister Reverend Charles Seaton said the church was declining the money and the project has been at a standstill ever since.

“It was Edgar Lynch’s dream to have a Methodist Church in Belvedere, and some in our community, for reasons best known to them sabotaged and torpedoed that plan. I urge those who loved him to pick up the pieces and accomplish that dream. Then, he may truly rest in peace,” Brisett said.

No reference to the failed church project was made in the formal remembrance by Lynch’s son Edgardo and his nephew Henry. What they pledged was to finish the book on Lynch family history and the family tree of both the maternal and paternal side of the family that the deceased had begun compiling.

“In public he was a social activist and a politician, but to us he was a husband, father and grandfather. We consider it more important to remember his character, which is the foundation of his legacy,” Edgardo said.

Edgardo told the church his father was very much the family man who always made time for his grandchildren and he believed one of them would one day follow in his steps and serve the country by becoming a politician. He also said his father died without struggle and in the twinkling of an eye as he lay in bed after a candle lit dinner with his wife earlier in the evening.

“We say mission accomplished dad and until we meet again,” Edgardo said.

Henry highlighted his uncle’s commitment to his faith and the fact that he was always ready to teach and share information. He also placed strong emphasis on the deceased’s love of his family.

“He was an uncle who was like a father and he just loved his family. He would often reminisce about his time with his own father and driving the big truck with sand, which made him strong and disciplined. He has left us very big shoes to fill,” Henry said.


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