This tributes came just minutes before the funeral service of ‘Star’ Browne, at the nearby St. George Anglican Church.
Prime Minster Douglas told the assembly that he had the opportunity to be one of Mr. Browne’s teachers when he was a student at the Basseterre High School.
“We will miss him, his passing has been so untimely,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
Dr. Douglas said “The early adjournment of the law making body to allow members to attend the funeral service is part of the respect by the Parliament, Government and Country to say farewell to ‘a proud star, Star Browne’.”
Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Mr. Ricky Skerritt said, “I had many, many years as a friend of ‘Star’ and recently during the five year period from 2000 to the end of 2004, and then up to 2006 as Minister responsible for Sports, including the period when he first took ill. ‘Star’ was a senior Sports Coach and eventually as Deputy Director of Sports. I have also played sports with ‘Star’ and have been involved in numerous meetings and social occasions, the passing of ‘Star’ Browne is a tremendous loss with his absence from the sporting arena, particularly in soccer, with his illness and now with his passing.”
Minister of Sports, the Glen Phillip expressed sympathy to the family of Mr. Browne and hailed his organizational skills in football.
“He was dedicated and committed to the cause of teaching his craft to our young people. He will be sorely missed as an individual. He has been a friend and his passing is a tremendous loss to the sporting fraternity, especially football and the lives of the many young people whom he has touched,” said Minister Phillip.
Opposition senator, the Mr. Vincent Byron said, “Star was always a competitor, Star was an honest guy, who loved sports, not only football but also loved cricket and was also pretty good on the 100 meters and high jump. His loss would be felt by those who knew him whether as a colleague but also as a coach and a teacher who moulded the lives of many young men and even young women, as he also coached the female team. His passing at this time is a great loss to us.”
In an honouring ceremony held for him, Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor said that he must personally thank Star for his contribution to the positive morals he has helped to instil in the youths of his community.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Curtis Martin, who also paid tribute said, “The late Elvis ‘Star’ Browne has been described as a ‘coach extraordinaire’ and one of the best in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.