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.
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.
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.