Friday 22 February, 2019

Jamaican-born soldier the first road fatality in Bermuda this year

Ricardo Gibbs

Ricardo Gibbs

A Jamaican living in Bermuda and serving in the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR) died after a motorbike crash in the territory, which was the first road fatality for 2019.

Ricardo Gibbs, 40 and a father of three, died on Wednesday night after suffering serious injuries in a late-night crash in which the motorcycle he was driving hit a wall.

He was rushed to a hospital but died of the injuries he sustained.

He has since been lauded as “a loyal supporter of the Jamaican community and the Bermudian community,” by Roxanne Christopher, president of the Jamaican Association in Bermuda.

“He helped with other families in the Jamaican community who had lost loved ones. Ricardo was an advocate for justice, an equality advocate and (an) advocate for everything that is right. He was the best of everything we have to offer,” said Christopher.

“This was a good man, a good person and I am thankful to his family — people like him don’t just happen. He was raised well,” added Christopher.

In citing Gibbs as having been a tireless volunteer in support of the Jamaican community in Bermuda, Christopher said: “The Jamaican community has depended on this man and his grandmother; his family, his siblings are all proud to be members of the Jamaican community, and of this country.”

Gibbs served as a corporal in the RBR’s regimental police and had more than 20 years of service under his belt.

He has also been lauded by the Bermuda military.

He also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medals and took part in military training camps in Jamaica and the United States.

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