Rahming remembered as an “officer and a gentleman”

 CONDOLENCES – Senate President, Sen. Katherine Forbes-Smith shares condolence with the family of the late retired Chief Supt. of Police Basil V. Rahming, during the official public viewing on Thursday at the Gerald Bartlett Complex. Rahming’s wife, Sarah is pictured seated second left in the front row. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll)

Not a dry eye was seen yesterday – Thursday, February 7 – as family, friends and colleagues of the late Chief Superintendent of Police, Retired, Basil V. Rahming, gathered at the Gerald Bartlett Complex for the official viewing.

Rahming was remembered as, “a very, very nice person, a man of integrity and fairness.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour, who worked with Rahming for many years on the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) noted that the late officer is one to be emulated.

“He epitomizes what we all should emulate in our private and work life. He was one way all the time and today I stand on his shoulders,” said an emotional Seymour.

“Basil was an officer who others can pattern their lives after. He will be missed,” the tearful Seymour added.

Deputy Controller of Road Traffic, Grand Bahama Welbourne Bootle, who succeeded Rahming on his retirement from that department, referred to his former colleague as, “an officer and a gentleman. I worked with him for many years; he was an officer who everyone looked up to.

Work was not an issue for him; he was an officer one can emulate.”

Crossing Guards Rose Munnings-Jones, Antonette Belizaire and Kim Rolle, all agreed that Rahming was the “best boss.”

Munnings-Jones noted that when she joined the department in 2013, she met Rahming. “He was a lovely, lovely person, and he treated us very well. We came to Road Traffic and with Ms. (Charmaine) Fernander, he blended in with the staff and treated the Crossing Guards equally.”

She recalled that Rahming ensured they got their coffee and cookies, just as the Road Traffic Department staff got theirs. “He never treated us differently. He was a very nice person; I salute him.”

Belizaire added that she too joined the department in 2013 and worked with Rahming until his retirement. “He was a very, very nice person. He made sure that we got our coffee and cookies. We couldn’t wait until the doors opened in the mornings.

“And at Christmas time, he made sure to give us a card and in that card was something special out of his own pocket. We all thank him for that.”

Rolle said that when she heard the news of Rahming’s passing, “I was out of it, because Mr. Rahming, he touched the crossing guards’ hearts.

They didn’t want to give us any benefits, but Mr. Rahming made it his business to see that we got badges, uniform and everything we deserved.

“And even when he retired, he came out every morning and afternoon to watch us, he made sure we saw him … called us by name. He was a really nice boss.”

Rolle, who worked as a Crossing Guard for eight years, said they all shared condolences with the family for their loss. “But we also lost a special flower that God put back in his garden. He’s in a better place and will be missed by many … everybody that met him, he touched them and we all loved him dearly.”

Senate President, Sen. Katherine Forbes-Smith shared condolences on behalf of the government and her family, at the viewing.

Rahming died at his home on Friday, January 18. He was 69.

A full military funeral for Rahming is set for 10:00 a.m. today at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Pinder’s Point.

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