Ex-Coast Guard Commander laid to rest

Former Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard, Major Sean Reece, was laid to rest this afternoon.

Reece’s family and friends, as well as military personnel and representatives from the government and opposition, including Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Opposition leader Mia Mottley, gathered at the Abundant Life Assembly on Bank Hall, St Michael to bid him farewell to the 56-year-old who was found dead in his apartment earlier this month with a gunshot wound to the head.

Pall bearers carrying Reece’s casket into the church.

In a tribute from the military, Lieutenant Colonel, Atheline Branch described the late Commanding Officer as a “gentleman in many ways” who gave over three decades of service to the military.

“Reece was a man of duty and a man for duty. He believed in duty and he took it seriously, very seriously. Whenever or wherever duty called or danger was to be found, he was never wanting there. He had always answered the call of duty,” Branch said.

She told the congregation that Reece excelled academically at Harrison College and later won an exhibition, but had a burning desire to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom.

Having completed studies at the University of Reading, he was sent to Sandhurst where he successfully completed his initial officer training.

Reece’s open casket at the Abundant Life Assembly

Branch said during his long career Reece held the position of Staff Officer Operations and Training where he was responsible for the planning, directing and controlling and co-ordinating the operations and training of the force, among others, before assuming the office of Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard.

Reece was a military officer of nearly 30 years’ experience, was a member of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) from 1982 until his retirement in December 2011.

Following the two hour service, Reece’s mortal remains were interred at the Military Cemetery, Gravesend, St Michael.

8 Responses to Ex-Coast Guard Commander laid to rest

  1. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett October 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  2. Janet Lewis October 31, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Very sad for such a dedicated person to leave us so soon. My condolences to his father, wife and family

  3. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor October 31, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    So sad RIP

  4. Ions Brewster November 1, 2015 at 12:31 am

    An Officer and a gentleman. Rest in peace Sean.

  5. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley November 1, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Rest In Peace

  6. Ryan Clarke November 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    He was my commanding officer,he was top notch,always looking out for the men under his command.He will be deeply missed.Peace my bro may you be peacefully guided over.

  7. nb November 2, 2015 at 4:16 am

    It,s so sad but the only condokences i have is for his family as for him his soul can never rest in peace because he chhose the easy way out an for his sin there.s no forgiveness so shame on him to let the devil take his soul he was a coward not a hero.

  8. Captain Victor King November 8, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Rest in Peace Sean.. You will always be a great friend as well as my Presentation College brother…. You will be sorely missed by many…


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