Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, has paid tribute to Ferrel ‘Bam’ Charles, noting that it was with a sense of personal loss that he received news of the well known businessman’s death.
Pierre recalled that ‘Bam’ Charles, the son of the legendary Sir Joseph Q. Charles who founded the J.Q Charles empire, was a people’s person.
“Bam was, from an early age, destined for greatness,” the PM wrote on his official Facebook page.
“Well-known for his business acumen Bam was also a brilliant sportsman and had it not been for studies in Canada, he would have been the first Saint Lucian to have played test cricket for the West Indies. A fast bowler, he had impressed the selectors during a tour match and had been called up for trials. He instead opted to pursue his studies. Cricket’s loss would be commerce’s gain,” Pierre stated.
“I knew Bam almost all my life. Upon my return to Saint Lucia after completing my studies, I was an employee of J.Q. Charles Ltd. Bam, being a Director, was my boss. He and his brother, Baby, would spend hours on end in conversation with the late George Odlum, oftentimes at the Crusader’s St. Louis Street offices. That was one of the things which endeared Bam to the ordinary Saint Lucian, for here was someone sufficiently well off to have socialised anywhere he wanted but instead he chose the downtrodden,” Pierre observed.
“I know Bam desired to see Saint Lucia develop. His long stint at the National Development Cooperation, now Invest Saint Lucia, was a testimony to his social conscience. He lived a full life and he will be dearly missed,” the Prime Minister stated.
Pierre extended sincere condolences to the late businessman’s children – Linda, Eva and Gordon, his extended family and the many employees of the J. Q. Charles group.
“Be strong knowing he left an unapparelled legacy both as a businessman and a humanitarian,” he asserted.