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Dr. Augustin Charles passes away

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Dr. Augustin Charles

Dr. Augustin Charles

Former public servant, educator and blogger Dr. Augustin Charles has died. He was 62.

Dr. Charles passed away at his home in Leriche, Choiseul on Easter Sunday (April 16) at 3:25 a.m. He was ailing for some time.

He is well-known for his contributions to the popular Facebook group, SLAPS (St. Lucians Aiming for Progress). His passion for current affairs and news was also displayed on his blog, Choiseul Powerhouse.

Also known as King Bolo, Dr. Charles served as deputy permanent secretary (DPS) and also officer in charge of the Ministry of Communications, Works, Transport & Public Utilities (now Ministry of Infrastructure) and also DPS and acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Social Transformation, Community Services and Local Government.

Dr. Charles was a family man.

Dr. Charles was a family man.

He was a science, mathematics information technology and physics teacher as well as head of the Science Department at Choiseul Secondary School.

Dr. Charles also served as principal of St Mary’s College, chairman of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Programme of Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), deputy chairman of the Road & Transport Board and a member of the Training/Development Committee.

Dr. Charles was a UWI scholar with an undergraduate degree (honours), a master’s degree and a PhD degree in science education (majoring in research and teaching of physics). He also attended Florida A&M University and Arizona State University.

He served in numerous capacities at both the local and national levels including deputy chairman (Choiseul Village Council); president, Choiseul Youth Organisation & Hills Sports and Cultural Club; president, secretary and treasurer (Choiseul Credit Union Ltd) and also represented the Credit Union and St. Lucia Cooperative at regional conferences and seminars.

He also served as a director on the Board of the St. Lucia Marine Terminals Ltd (SLMTL) and Prime Minister’s of the National Awards Committee, chairman of the National Conservation Authority and the Board of the St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC).

Dr. Charles was the father of five children – three males and two females.

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37 comments

  1. I wanted to express my heartfelt belated condolences to Charles family. There's such a sense of helplessness when someone we love dies. I'd like to share some scriptural thoughts that really helps me. Prayer is so valuable at this time but it's not that prayer simply makes us feel better.The Bible says at 2 Cor.4:7 that God can give us, "... power beyond what is normal ", to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget, but it means we recover. The reason we recover is because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28, "... all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out ". Jesus was referring to the resurrection, this is our hope. 2 Cor. 1:3 describes our Creator as, "... the God of all comfort ". One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort (Ps.83:18) be your comfort now during this time of sorrow.

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  2. Thanks Dr. Charles for your service! RIP!! My condolences to your beautiful family.

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  3. R.I.P. BOLO i remember you during my form 4 year in SMC, very good prinicpal my condolences to his family

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  4. My sincere condolence to the Charles family. Rest in Perfect Peace Bolo.

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  5. I just can't believe it. He taught science in elementary school and was a neighbor and respected family friend and the neighbourhood in general. St. Lucia has truly lost one of its best sons. My deep and sincere condolences going out to his family. May his soul be at perfect peace.

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  6. My deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of one of my Teachers College friends, the late Dr. Augustin Charles one who always placed others above self. Based on what has been written about him, I must say he lived a contributive life to St. Lucia. May his soul rest in peace!

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  7. A peoples person

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  8. My condolences to the family rip mr charles

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  9. Wow. Lived a very full productive and contributive life. May your soul rest in peace.

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  10. My depest sympathy to the family, he was always a friendly guy, Rest in piece bolo.

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  11. Rest in peace Sir gone way too soon. Such a great teacher

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  12. RIP Cuz My condolences go out to the rest of the family. Be strong.

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  13. RIP Cuz
    Condolences go out to the rest of the family. Be strong....

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  14. RIP Bolo but my deepest condolences to the family he left behind. We had great moments together more so speaking about music and education. You will never be forgotten

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  15. Rip cuz. Great contribution to siciety

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  16. REST IN PEACE SIR.
    We have lost another great intellectual.

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  17. RIP BOLO, CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY

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  18. RIP BOLO. CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY

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  19. My condolence to the charles family of martin choiseul from paula plante n family R I P MR CHARLES

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  20. Mypaula plante

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  21. Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Charles.

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  22. Rest iIn Perfect Peace cuz.. my sympathy to the Charles family.... great man

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  23. R.I.P sir...my past teacher at CSS....

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  24. A teacher, a mentor and a friend...RIP Dr. Charles. Condolences to your family.

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  25. Past Student of C.S.S '05'

    Rip sir. May your soul be guided by the good lord. I still remember your stories of peeping through your neighbors window with a mirror. Great Man! 🙁

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  26. Another son of the soil has gone to rest. Rest peacefully sir. You have made your fair contribution to the long term development of your homeland St. Lucia. RIP.

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  27. R.I.p. sir..u were a great teacher.. a branch has fallen off the choiseul tree.. your legacy leaves on.

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  28. RIP sir

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  29. Always a sad moment when a love one has pass away deepest condolences to the family of the late Mr Charles we've lost a giant of info may u rest in perfect peace bro till we meet again.

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  30. Rip king bolo.....you will be missed

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  31. past student of chss.

    Wow brown left....now you left......great teacher rip sir

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  32. May he RIP

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