ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Philbert Brown BHM. JP. Who passed away after a brief battle with aspiration pneumonia after having experienced complications from high blood pressure and diabetes since 2015. We will remember him forever. May he rest in eternal peace. Burial takes place on June 4th at 11am in Thornton
Posted by Ezio Seghetti on June 15, 2021
Phil, my brother, I have no words.

We will see each other again, a lime a drink a smoke - to you!

Posted by Debbie-ann Wedderburn on June 8, 2021
Rest well my friend. Thank you for all the wise lectures. You have impacted my life in such a positive way. Rest well.
Posted by Marvia Green-Meggo on June 5, 2021
Philbert, where do I really begin?? You were that big cousin/big brother...we are 2 brothers children. Your dad died when you were but a child and my dad became your dad. 
 I looked up to you growing up...we lived in the same home...your roaring laughters and I remember being so proud to tell persons that my cousin was headboy at Munro. I also took pride in telling them you studied in Russia and that you were a metereologist. I remember you being stern with me like any big brother would and me talking back to you sometimes. I vividly remember you teaching me how to solve a simultaneous equation...right in the living room one night, as I was in a rage because I did not know how to do it....you scolding me to stop all that noise and to listen to you....thank you. I watched you accompanied our uncle Ranny back to England for treatment, where he later died...I watched you wept. I watched you struggled to read the Euology for my dad....i watched you openly wept. You always showed up my cousin. On my last visit to Jamaica in 2018, i insisted that they take me to see you...yes, I was surprised at what I saw but I was happy I got to see you, rubbed your beard and your head.
Fast foward to May 1st 2021, the news of your death shook me to the core. To have witnessed them pushed you in yesterday rocked my body...I wept bitterly Philbert....you are missed. My heart is truly broken but I know you are resting...you will never be forgotten my cousin/bro. You will forever be in my heart. Your memory lives on Philbert. Until we meet again cuz.
Posted by Ann Davis on May 25, 2021
I am truly saddened to hear of Philbert's passing. He was a true friend with an ever listening ear, giving his time and sound advice. Philbert, you found my family for me in Westmoreland. I will never forget that day of pure joy.

Condolences to the family and many loved ones left behind.

Rest in Peace my friend. We may have drifted apart but you were never far from my thoughts. 
Posted by Claudia Roye on May 25, 2021


Philbert, your work on earth is done

I met Philbert during our 6th Form years at High School, 1975-1977. He was the ‘boarder’ at Munro College and I, the ‘day girl’, at Hampton High.

We developed a special friendship and a bond that lasted throughout those two (2) years. Philbert was kind and true, loyal, focused, disciplined, and committed. Little wonder he was the Head Boy of Munro College for the academic year 1976-1977.

On hearing of his passing, memories of our high school years and the times spent together flooded my mind. So young, so much to give, yet gone too soon. I recall the HOPs, the football matches, the classes at Munro, and the most memorable of all, the almost twice daily visits to the school bus to exchange few words and a letter.

Philbert was a friend to many, especially to us ‘day girls’. Many moments were shared in love and laughter and he was always there to help us if the need ever arose. We watched him on that barbecue at school going through the routine of the Cadet core of which he was a part.

Time and distance separated us. Philbert went off to Russia on a scholarship and I went to my first job and then to UWI. On his return to Jamaica years later, we reconnected. There were occasional visits and telephone calls. However, our lives veered in different directions, and eventually, we lost touch. Nonetheless, the times spent together will be treasured and the memories created are valued and will live on.

At this time we celebrate the life you had, the love and the joy you brought into the lives of so many. May you rest in the peace you so richly deserve.

Philbert – ‘Go rest high on that Mountain; your work on Earth is done’

Posted by Vincent Sweeney on May 24, 2021
I was deeply saddened to hear of the news of his passing. We worked together for many years on behalf of the Caribbean, through both the CARICOM processes and within the United Nations systems. He was a sterling professional, respected by his peers across the world. He will be sorely missed but his legacy lives on. May his family be comforted at this time and may he rest in eternal peace. Vincent Sweeney, Head, Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, United Nations Environment Programme
Posted by Mauvett Anderson on May 22, 2021
To a friend and country man Philbert.
I can recall from Thornton Primary School 4th grade devotion time of Philbert and sister Cynthia being the prayer warriors. This was truly molding his character and upward mobility.
He never left Thornton, always visiting holidays and through out. A true son of the soil. We never lost contact from primary school to 2018 when I went to visit him before coronavirus halted us all. His was a life well lived in service of others.
Song:Lead me gently home father.
Rest in peace my friend you are now in God's care.

Posted by Maxine Green on May 20, 2021
Where do I find words to describe the passing of a legend. Not only was Philbert a kind hearted, intellegent and humorous individual, but he was also a fundamental pillar of true friendship. Philbert has been a friend of our family for decades, spending time with him was always a pleasure as we would look forward to some entertaining stories and good laughter. Mr. Brown has down so much for my family and I. He was my daughter's godfather, he was the master of ceremony and best man at my wedding, he was the host at my mother's 70th birthday party, he was the host of my 50th birthday party and the euologist at my father and mother's funeral. Philbert was a very busy person, he was always working or on the go which would make it difficult to see him at times. However, he would definatley make it his point of duty to visit us on new years day. He was a man of his word, stern, discipline and serious about what he believed in. I was truly blessed to have Philbert in my life, I will never forget the good times we shared. He will be sincerely missed.

Rest well my brother.

Robert Green and Family
Posted by Candice Willacey on May 19, 2021
Oh philbert we have shared so many wonderful memories wonderful moments as soulmates for many years am happy to say that I was apart of your heart an the things that you have done for me and made me the woman am I today,everyday i say to myself what a precious soul that have found me,Philbert Emanuel Brown my soulmate is the most noble,decent,loving, caring, kind,gentle and was a beautiful man I have ever met.He was a universal champion, a kindred soul,if ever there was one!! He was my mentor, my defender and my inspiration, Phil would always say candy candy are you listening to me my response would be am listening then he would say my love you can achieve anything that you want so go for it girl,those six years we been together living with this man this champion philbert brown. Phil don't know how to say goodbye to you my love words can't explain how am feeling, but what I can say is sleep in peace and take your rest.Rest in peace my love philbert Emanuel brown A.K.A Phil
Posted by Pauline Welsh on May 19, 2021
First and foremost allow me to express my sincere condolences to the family and to join all others in saying may Philbert rest in peace and may the light shine on him perpetually.
As one of the graduates the friendship between Philbert and I had its history and many hilarious and not so hilarious moments. He was a loyal,dedicated and very reliable individual one who you could rely on for good advice ,fellowship and counsel.I did not see him much during the last two years but he certainly was not far from my thoughts. Philbert my brother I will miss you but believe it or not we are all in the departure lounge awaiting the same flight you have taken. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Marva Chew on May 19, 2021
My heart is broken, shattered into many pieces by the passing of this great human who made such an indelible mark on this planet. I haven't been able to stop the tears...
Philbert and I grew up in the very rural and rustic district of Thornton, St. Elizabeth. We attended Thornton Primary School and the Thornton New Testament Church of God, where our mothers were members and friends. I remember when he passed the Common Entrance Examination to attend Munro College, our community was so proud! Often, he would visit our school during the holidays and give pep talks, encouraging us. He became my inspiration, my hero, albeit from a distance.
By the time I passed the Common Entrance and started to attend Hampton School, he was already Head Boy, "Big Bird". But to us who were following in his footsteps, he was "Big Brother", a mentor and role model who took a keen interest in our progress and grasped every opportunity to ensure we were on the right path.

I experienced Philbert up close and personal in one of the darkest periods of my life. I was a student at Norman Manley Law School and he had just returned from studying in Russia. I had not seen him in years but our mothers would give us updates about each other. I was walking in crowded Half Way Tree, rushing to get a bus, when my eyes locked with his. He called my name, literally picked me up and spun me around. For the rest of that day, we played catch up, regaling each other with stories from the past. He was so easy to talk to, he had a genuine interest in every person's well being. I told him I was pregnant and alone, not sure how I was going to make it through school. I was so scared of being a failure, of being a disappointment to my mother and my community. Philbert never left my side; he became my rock, my friend, encouraging me, supporting me, visiting me, ensuring that I lacked nothing, assuring me I was capable. When my son was born, I made Philbert his godfather. Several times he would travel to the States to be present for my son's graduations, instilling values.
When I look at my son today, 34 years old and the Principal of a renowned High School in Boston, Massachusetts, I cannot help but credit Philbert for the calm and comforting environment he created from the chaos, ultimately resulting in another human beng with the same gentle and caring disposition, enshrining a brilliant mind.

My story is not unique in Philbert's legacy. Many persons can attest to his immense kindness and boundless generosity, endless patience, his non-judgemental ways, his knack for being available at your most vulnerable, his capacity to bring out the best in everyone. He was the best of the best, as close to pure and perfect as this world will ever see.
I love you Philbert, you will live in my heart forever.



Posted by Carol Simpson on May 19, 2021
Tribute to Dearest Philbert - He was a leader among us and led by example, caring, giving always of his best. We had a bond as graduates of the USSR, Philbert was an elder statesman, giving guidance and encouragement. He served his country with distinction. I am deeply saddened at Phil’s passing, but comforted in the beautiful memories of times past. RIP
(Geneva )
Posted by Cedric Stewart on May 17, 2021
Philbert is my friend. He is taken from our world but his work and memory will live on forever.
We met in Russia as students and have since that first meeting I have come to regard him as a true friend and comrade. He was the consummate professional serving with integrity and commitment in his work with the Government of Jamaica. 
We did a lot of political work together on behalf of the PNP.  Philbert provided good advice to all.
My friend may your soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by Richard Byron-Cox on May 17, 2021
The GREATEST LOVE I KNEW IS NO MORE!!


The BEST human being I have EVER known is dead!! Philbert Brown, the man you see with me in my profile photo on Facebook is the most noble, decent, loving, kind, gentle and beautiful person, I have ever met!! He was a universal champion, a kindred soul, if ever there was one!! He was my teacher, counsellor, mentor, brother, friend, my children's uncle, my defender, my inspiration. In his view I was among the best the Caribbean has given to the world. He cried for me when I was in pain. On three occasions, he was prepared to give his life to save mine!! And he rebuked me more vehemently than anyone, reminding me that my intellectual arrogance (as he called it) was always uncalled for and always out of place. He taught me humility!! 
I turned to him for advice on everything. I envied his charm with everyone and in particular the ladies. He was a master diplomat! A Jamaican by birth, but a Caribbean to his very soul!! A tremendous citizen of the world. He was a prince among men! He is the most unselfish human I ever met, a humble giant whose humanity knew no limits. He walked among the powerful and the weak, treating them with equal respect. Anyone whoever met this man will agree that EVERYTHING I say here is true!!
Rest easy Phil!! I am crying now, but I know you will NEVER leave me!! You said many times there was something for me to do and you will help me do it. I am more determined now to get it done, if only for you!! I need faith now more than ever !! I ask you this one last favor. Watch over me as you always did. I will not disappoint. I will labor on more determined than ever!!. I will carry you in my soul!!.

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!
Richie
Posted by Richard Byron-Cox on May 17, 2021
This is a letter of condolence sent to Jamaica by the UN. My love for Phil will come in my own words! later

Bonn, 7 May 2021

Excellency,
It is with a profound sense of sadness that I write to express to you and through you to his family, and the Government and People of Jamaica our sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Philbert Brown, former Jamaican Nation Focal Point to the UNCCD. I am truly honoured to say on behalf of my entire Secretariat and on my own behalf, a tremendous thank you to his family and to Jamaica for having given the world an extraordinary noble human being, a servant par excellence to all humanity.

Mr. Brown worked as Jamaica’s representative within the UNCCD process for more than a score years. During that time his contribution at all levels, from the local community to the highest international circles is nothing short of legendary. Indeed, we note with genuine gratification that thanks your recommendation, Mr. Brown was officially honoured by the Government of
Jamaica for his national, regional and global service. We can think of no one more deserving.

He was a Jamaican patriot, Caribbean in heart and soul, and a world citizen when it came to the UNCCD process. A true giant of service has fallen.
I shall be grateful that these heartfelt condolences are conveyed to Mr. Brown’s direct family. I am happy to inform you that here at the Secretariat, we have already taken the necessary steps to ensure his great legacy of service and commitment to this process are recorded to inter alia, serve as inspiration driving the aspiration of those who follow him.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Please accept Excellency the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.
Ibrahim Thiaw
Executive Secretary
His Excellency Honourable Desmond McKenzie
Minister
Ministry of Local Government and Community Development
61 Hagley Park Road
Kingston 10 – Jamaica

Posted by Michael Williams on May 16, 2021
Phil was my friend. Dear friend. We met briefly before he left the USSR (as it then was). As the years flew by I discovered that Phil was from the same district my mother is from, Thornton, next to the world famous Appleton Estate. As it turns out Phil and I are distant cousins with a line leading back to my mother's grand aunt Aunt Roxy.

When the sad news of Phil came I was immidiately heartbroken. But then I thought of how illness had reduced his tower of strength to an ailing old man in a very short while. And I am comforted to have know you my brother.

I will remember you as a patriotic collosus who served your country in international fora spreading the message that we should collectively save the earth from reversible catosteophic climatic degradation.

Philbert Brown I am happy that you lived and walked among us. I am saddened by your passing but grateful to have met you. I'm proud to call you Friend, Compatriot and Cousin.
Posted by Bernard Williams on May 16, 2021
I met philbert in Leningrad, Russia in 1984 and we have become friends ever since. He is a wonderful human being, a great thinker, my mentor, and my "brother". How he loves this country is infectious and it was so fitting that this country has honoured him in his lifetime. He will forever be missed by me.
Posted by Walter Brown on May 16, 2021
We have shared many wonderful moments for many years and I am very proud to say that it brought forth fruits, by creating a voice for the urban situation. You're a precious soul and found yourself in the company of like minds, who stood for the same values. Shine like the sun on your journey my cuz, sleep in power and rise in glory
Posted by Paula Ann Brown on May 16, 2021
May your soul rest in eternal peace Philbert ...You have left a legacy that is unmatched..

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Posted by Ezio Seghetti on June 15, 2021
Phil, my brother, I have no words.

We will see each other again, a lime a drink a smoke - to you!

Posted by Debbie-ann Wedderburn on June 8, 2021
Rest well my friend. Thank you for all the wise lectures. You have impacted my life in such a positive way. Rest well.
Posted by Marvia Green-Meggo on June 5, 2021
Philbert, where do I really begin?? You were that big cousin/big brother...we are 2 brothers children. Your dad died when you were but a child and my dad became your dad. 
 I looked up to you growing up...we lived in the same home...your roaring laughters and I remember being so proud to tell persons that my cousin was headboy at Munro. I also took pride in telling them you studied in Russia and that you were a metereologist. I remember you being stern with me like any big brother would and me talking back to you sometimes. I vividly remember you teaching me how to solve a simultaneous equation...right in the living room one night, as I was in a rage because I did not know how to do it....you scolding me to stop all that noise and to listen to you....thank you. I watched you accompanied our uncle Ranny back to England for treatment, where he later died...I watched you wept. I watched you struggled to read the Euology for my dad....i watched you openly wept. You always showed up my cousin. On my last visit to Jamaica in 2018, i insisted that they take me to see you...yes, I was surprised at what I saw but I was happy I got to see you, rubbed your beard and your head.
Fast foward to May 1st 2021, the news of your death shook me to the core. To have witnessed them pushed you in yesterday rocked my body...I wept bitterly Philbert....you are missed. My heart is truly broken but I know you are resting...you will never be forgotten my cousin/bro. You will forever be in my heart. Your memory lives on Philbert. Until we meet again cuz.
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Shared by lynford royal on May 16, 2021
Philbert  trust me we both grow up in the same community  and  we met at my cuz father  singing in the night we were talking  never forget  what he said Wayne never forget to be Patriotic  always remember your country  We part by telling him I will touched base with him in kingston  Great soul , Brilliant , and  Deep thinking person