Dr. Joseph R. Christmas, who served as his country’s chief UN diplomat, until 2006, will be laid to rest on Friday 12th August, following funeral services that have been planned for the Bethel Moravian Church in Parsons Village, on the western side of St. Kitts.
He served as St. Kitts and Nevis’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations from
August 1st, 2000, to 20th November, 2006.
Before starting his career in the diplomatic service, Dr. Christmas also held the position of Global Chief (Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation), UNICEF at UN Headquarters in New York, from January 1989 to 1992. He managed the sector, globally, covering virtually all developing countries.
As Global Chief, he handled all matters pertaining to policy and strategies for the sector and the inter-sectoral linkages to the other main sectors, namely, Health, Nutrition, Education, and Women in Development.
He served as UNICEF (Resident) Representative from January 1993 to December 1995 and carried out specific assignments in Angola and Kenya, where his main responsibilities were related to the management of the local diplomatic and development activities, on behalf of the organization.
Dr. Christmas took early retirement from UNICEF and the United Nations on January 1 1996.
He was also Manager/ Water Engineer, of the Water Department in St. Kitts and Nevis, from 1972-1977; managing the national water department with a staff of over 100, from the planning through to the delivery stages, plus the financial aspects.
The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Dr. Christmas, who died on July 28th at the age of 70, will be held at the church where he taught when it was also the Bethel Moravian School.
The late ambassador will be eulogized by Mr. Athill Rawlins, himself a former Manager/Engineer at the Water Department. Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is also expected to read the First Lesson while Nadia Rawlins, the Second Lesson.
Born on 7th February, 1940, Dr. Christmas was a school teacher from 1956 to 1965 as an employee of the Government of St. Kitts- Nevis and Anguilla.
Dr. Christmas is survived by his mother, Mrs. Caroline Christmas; his wife, Mrs. Henrietta Douglas-Christmas; daughter, Titiana Zualo; son Oscar Andersson and several other relatives and friends.