Mr. Franklin A. Browne who rose from pupil teacher to become one of the finest Headmasters in Nevis was last week remembered for the ineradicable marks he left at the White Hall (now St. James’ Primary) and New River (now defunct) Schools.
Premier of Nevis Joseph Parry, in remarks at a renaming ceremony of the newly-constructed Combermere Community Center, in honour of Mr. Browne, remembered him as a teacher who stood up for what he believed in, and described him as “a simple grass-roots hero.”
According to the Premier, Mr. Browne had demonstrated a love of persons, and over the years he gained tremendous respect from teachers, parents and students alike, which continues today with all who come in contact with him.
The Premier told the family and audience that it is not important to just have riches and wealth, but it is also important to leave footprints in the sands of time. He noted that leaving a remarkable legacy of touching others and making a difference in the lives of many should be the goal of us all.
“As the government continues to honour those who made their mark on Nevis, I must say that you, Mr. Browne, is one of the most deserving,” said the Premier.
In September 2008, just days after his 80th birthday Mr. Browne was honoured by past students of the New River School, for his life work in education in Nevis.
Mr. Browne hails from Camps Village in the parish of St. James, and studied at Erdiston College in Barbados and Cumberland University in the United Kingdom. He has been married for the past 59 years to Lorraine, and together they raised 10 biological children, and a number of nieces, nephews and children of friends.
The Combermere Community Center was renamed as part of the NIA’s strategy of recasting the society in Nevis’ own image, while paying homage to noted Nevisians, said an official statement.