In brief, Celebration of the life of Bert Tucker: Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

“It is in the confluence of our minds where all rivers meet, you’ll find me there at the Zambezi”- Bert Tucker

The Patrimony and Stewardship Working Group (PSWG) join with our Belizean compatriots in condolences to the mother, children, family, friends at home, the diaspora, and other regions of the world on the passing of our brother, son of the Belizean soil, Ambassador Adalbert Tucker.

The veritable Belizean Renaissance Man par excellence non pareil, our dear friend and mentor, Ambassador Adalbert Tucker, was one of the brightest and most loyal facets of our jewel.

Bert had astounding capacity, genuine humility, and from his vessel and learning and understanding, he unselfishly poured out his God-given talent and wisdom: even as this was always replenished. He grew our attention span and analytical capabilities. Sharing from his earliest teachings and discipline, private schooling under Miss Annette Maheia – through to Belize Technical College, University of the West Indies and Harvard the witticisms, anecdotes, philosophies he applied himself Walter Rodney-like to school our people.

Our Belizean brother Bert was a peer to Belizean luminaries like late Edward Laing, the late Dr. Neil Garbutt, Dr. Lennox Pike, and Nadia Cattouse, whose navel string remained buried here as they sojourned with one standard – Excellence at home and abroad. He was in international “confraternity” with Prof. Hilary Beckles of UWI, Prof. Robert Hill of UCLA, and others who exemplified people through their wisdom. That Bert Tucker was a confidante and student supporter of Belizean national hero, Hon. Phillip S. W. Goldson and as well, Belizean legend Henry Fairweather, reflects his strong character, honed in great part from those two great mentors of his.

Bert was advisor to governments in various regions including our Caribbean, Africa and here at home. He also took a strong position that individual citizenry have governmental responsibility.

Mr. Tucker used to counsel us to not conclude things to be coincidence but to be receptive and gracious of providence, especially with respect to God’s gift of our country, Belize, to us.

He wanted to come home and made that spiritual journey “traveling” in the Creole colloquial sense even before he succumbed to his illness. His BELRIV project started on the banks of the Belize River in brotherhood with Lascelle Bowen and the Hon. Godwin Hulse proffered to Belize and the world true-true example of sustainable development which could be adapted into the environmental mainstream. Bert, the sage and prolific scribe, was also consummate and he lectured and maintained the need for research reconnection, renewal, rebirth, repatriation, reparation, and that the only standard the country and people of Belize should settle for is excellence in the forging of our nation with our example and gift of “humanity to the world”.

He counseled that we can’t have protected species/areas, while our young men remain endangered species. Bert Tucker’s vision and writing lessons encompass his legacy to Belize which will continue to illuminate the pathway ahead through generations as we hold on to our patrimony. He declared the Belize Public Meetings hundreds of years ago in our country, as one of the earliest rudimentary example of democracy. Bert’s favourite reflections were “At the confluence where all the rivers meet, you’ll find me at the Zambezi” Bert believed we must work like the productive wee-wee ants collectively instead of the individual me-me attitude in people.

HE GAVE US BACK SAMUEL HAYNES. Bert was bespoke, so we share a bit as written by Bert Tucker.

The God of love created everything
Everything was in His plan
Everything had a purpose
Everything is cared for
Everything is precious
Everything must be preserved

The human route-LA RUTA HUMANA
Because we must change
None but ourselves; let’s get growing
2020 is seven years away
Bert would say
In brief, Celebration of the life of Bert Tucker:
Belizean Renaissance Man

20/20 represents perfect vision
We can see before we get there

Together we must take the appropriate action
Quoting Hon. Phillip Goldson
Bert would say,
“We must fight the right fight”
The things that challenge us
Is only pretend
For once a people become mobilized
In righteousness there is no
Force that can stop them

Do the research; we need to get the facts
And then do the interpretation
Together as a people unified
Engaged in prosperity. Let’s get growing!!!
Belize Common ground to Sanctuary Approach.

While Bert would understand we go through the ritual Belizean ‘Sankee” on his passing and would allow us to seep in some of the soul soothing of the superlative “Mass in Blues” as composed by Frankie Reneau, it is incumbent to look to his lessons and writings as a mental compendium of his true-true legacy to that of a Belizean Benefactor who would want this to be shared with present and future generations of Belize at home and in the diaspora.

On this final journey to the banks of the Zambezi, we go shoulder to shoulder once more with our brother, compatriot, and Renaissance Man, Adalbert Tucker to his favourite Jazz saxophonist, John Coltrane.

Our Greatness is Dying
Our greatness is dying, it is leaving us quietly
First it was our father of patriotism; now it is the symbol of humility
The legacy gets bigger, grown large in his departure
Come brethren let’s celebrate our compatriot, Bert Tucker
Deep within he planted the seeds of progress
He warned “Do not worry or stand there depressed
But rise to the occasion; be your brother’s keeper”
It’s sad but we celebrate our brother, Bert Tucker
The Renaissance Man speaks once more; are you ready?
Listen to his voice; he speaks from the Zambezi