On one of the many working trips to Nevis, Mr. Rawlins recalled, “While on the boat, Joe jokingly identified a solitary life jacket which he claimed was his, if per chance the boat should start to go down. He said Athill that one is mine, so don’t go near it. we both laughed.”
Mr. Rawlins speaking on Dr. Christmas’ character stated, “Joe maintained a close relationship with friends both in St. Kitts and throughout the Caribbean.”
“There were times when he would call from Africa, Europe, the US and many other places. He kept in touch via post cards and telephone calls. His calls were mainly to say hello or to let me know which part of the world he was at the time,” said Mr. Rawlins.
Mr. Athill Rawlins further stated, “Composed and dignified as ever in his later years, he never complained about the changes in his life, accepting life with a quiet and contented disposition. In all our conversation I have never heard Joe utter an angry word or speak ill of anyone. He spoke only what appealed to truth and reason.”
“In November 2009, Joe married the love of his life Henrietta Douglas whom he had courted for fifteen years.” noted Mr. Rawlins. Dr. Christmas had once humorously stated “Had I known married life would have been so sweet I would have done it sooner”. He was said to often spoken of his beloved wife Henrietta, in endearing terms, said Rawlins.
He was a devoted son. I know that he loved and cared for his mother in every way. His love and devotion to her was extra-ordinary cited Mr. Rawlins. “When he returned home on vacation he would journey to Saddlers with alacrity to partake of his mother’s sumptuous home cooked delights. He knew that his room and his place at the dining table were always there for him.” expressed Mr. Rawlins.
“He was a very humble man, the fact that he had occupied some of the highest positions in International Organizations, sat with Heads of State, Heads of Government, and Chiefs never prevented him from associating with his acquaintances, friends and relatives or to lose the common touch. His sincerity and generosity made him loved and respected in his Village of Saddlers and beyond its borders” noted Mr. Rawlins of his former co-worker and friend.
Dr. Christmas who died on July 28th, 2011, also served as the UN Ambassador for St. Kitts & Nevis, until four years ago.