Charles Maynard, Chairman of the Free National movement and former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, passed away in Abaco early August 14, 2012. Mr. Maynard was in North Abaco helping prepare for the by-election when he collapsed from a heart attack. He was unresponsive when he arrived at the Treasure Cay Clinic and was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m.
Mr. Maynard was 42 years old.
A statement was issued by the FNM in regards to Mr. Maynard’s passing.
“The passing of the national chairman Charles Maynard is a tremendous loss of the rising political statesman and public servant, not only to the Free National Movement, but also to our beloved country.”
The Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham also remembered Mr. Maynard.
“It was my privilege to have Charlie serve in my Cabinet,” Mr. Ingraham said, “Yet for all of his accomplishments, what made Charlie such a wonderful friend and colleague is that he was simply a good human being.”
Mr. Maynard affected many sports and youth organizations during his tenure as the Minister responsible. Many such organizations have reached out to express their gratitude for his work in their respective communities.
The Special Olympics released a formal press release in regards to Mr. Maynard:
“On behalf of Special Olympics Bahamas and Special Olympics Caribbean we extend our deepest condolences to the family of the late Charles T. Maynard, former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.
Mr. Maynard’s life, while short on earth was committed to national service. Under his leadership, the Government of The Bahamas formalized its support with Special Olympics Bahamas in April, 2010 during the Special Olympics Caribbean Business Meeting with the signing of a partnership agreement. His term in office also saw the completion of the Master Plan for the Sport Centre Redevelopment Project. The end result of this project will be a positive adjunct to all involved stakeholders. His accomplishment of this and more will touch the lives of many in the years ahead. We salute Mr. Maynard for his service to the development of The Bahamas and its people.
Our prayers and thoughts remain with his wife Zelena and children, his parents, Mr. Andrew ‘Dud’ & Isodara Maynard, his siblings and his wider family.”
The Bahamas Basketball Federation also reached out to express their condolences:
“It is with profound sadness that the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) received news of the sudden and untimely passing of the Honourable Charles J. Maynard, former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture. The reports of his demise were extremely difficult as the newly elected ‘Executive Committee’ of the Federation had a short but very important relationship with him as Minister.
Upon meeting Mr. Maynard for the first time, it was clear his vision and enthusiasm for sports promotion and development. What was remarkable was that he insisted that the ultimate goal as sports leaders was not only to elevate our individual discipline but to impact the lives of all the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
While the BBF joins the nation in mourning ‘Charlie’s death; it is this statesmanlike approach to administering that his spirit lives on. Yes, he was taken from us at a very young age but we believe that he had already blaze a trail. Amazingly, he went about his mission with quietude, gregariousness and jolly as no other.
The Bahamas Basketball Federation expresses its sincerest sympathy to his immediate family; including: his beloved wife Zelena and their three (3) children, along with his loving father and mother – Andrew ‘Dud’ & Isadora Maynard. We say to his love ones and friends, you lost a giant of a man.
No matter what side of the political divide that you are on, you could not avoid loving and respecting Charles J. Maynard, the man.”
Mr. Maynard was laid to rest at Woodlawn Gardens on Soldier Road. Family, friends and government officials were present to pay final respects.
The Abaconian expresses our condolences to Mr. Maynard’s family and loved ones and we express our thanks for his service to the country.