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JDF Ex-Officers’ Reunion

A group of JDF Ex-Officers reunited on the weekend of August 7th to 9th 2009 at the Renaissance Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to rekindle old acquaintances and have a jolly good time.  In the midst of all the merriment, they garnered support for and pledged a donation to the Jamaica Legion.


About 60 ex-officers and their families showed up for the event.  Although older and wiser, with more gray hair and not so slim waistlines, these former officers, gentlemen and ladies, looked as if not much had changed.

Admiral Peter Brady and Lt Verly Brown at the dinner and roast

The weekend of activities involved a cocktail reception and games evening on Friday August 7, followed by a picnic, cocktail dinner and roast on the Saturday featuring a special, solemn remembrance of departed colleagues.  The event was wrapped up on Sunday with a church service and brunch.

There was no shortage of laughs and roasts as the Ex-Officers reminisced and relived their lives in the messes and offices of Up Park Camp, Moneague, Newcastle, overseas cadet schools and patrols on land, air and sea. 


The evenings after the planned events were unforgettable and the esprit de corps was only surpassed in intensity by squeals around the spades tables.

Suzanne Haik-Hynes in commenting on the event said: “I appreciate all that was done to bring this wonderful family of former serving JDF officers together, in one place, to renew the bonds of respect, friendship, love and so much more that we have shared during our years of service.  This first endeavor was priceless.”

Sandi T assisting most senior attendee, Victor Beek

Jon Banks wrote: “…..I had a great time at the reunion.  Although a different generation I could see that the spirit of camaraderie remained as ever.”

Wives in on the games

The planning committee comprised Louis Foster (Chairman), Basil Bewry, Verly Brown, Leo Campbell, Karl Chambers, Matthew Hale, Sandi Taylor Wiggan, Donald Thompson and Barry Williams.