By Bishop Ken Carrol
Life in the Northern Region of Abaco came to a standstill on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. as a community builder was laid to rest.
Many gathered at the St. Anne’s Anglican Church in Crown Haven to pay their last respect to Mr. Nathan Rolle, who has been described by many as a community builder.
The 92-year-old wore many hats in his lifetime, as he saw the stranglehold of power of the entrenched elite had been broken. Mr. Rolle’s life speaks volumes to this generation of future leaders, knowing that he was Community Activist, Avid Church goer, Elder in the Elks Lodge, the Burial Society, a businessman, a Steward Councilor for the Progressive Liberal Party, whose fundamental attitudes made a long lasting impression in the community. This family man believed in setting the pace for the upcoming generation and making sure that he left a legacy behind.
A realist and no-nonsense man, Mr. Rolle saw the Union Jack lowered to the raising of the Bahamas Flag as Bahamians walked into an era of freedom as an independent state on July 10, 1973 and was also a witness to the Women Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas that made Bahamian history in the 1960’s, allowing women to vote for the first time.
Paying great respect in bringing condolences was his nephew, Mr. Jackson McIntosh, who stood tall with the assurance that his uncle spoke his mind no matter what others may have thought. Mr. Rolle was characterized as a passionate leader who believed in the value of Bahamians. Mr. Rolle was to his nephew and many others a giant of a man, who paved the way for many in the Northern Region of Abaco.
Also in attendance was Hon. Philip Davis – Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Renardo Curry – Member of Parliament for Abaco, Progressive Liberal Party Senator Gary Sawyer, and Island Commissioners for Marsh Harbour and Coopers Town- Mr. Charles Moss and Ms. Whelma Colebrook respectively, Mr. Steve Pedican – Local Government Chief Councilor for Northern District of Abaco and his executive board and Progressive Liberal Steward Councilors, Bishop Ken Carroll – Center Manager of Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center, The Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Abaco Mr. Kevin Mortimer, Bishop Cedric Bullard – President of the Bahamas Christian Council Abaco Distinct; Religious Leaders and residents from Sandy Point to Crown Haven.
Also on hand officiating was Rev’d Fr. DeAngelo Bowe of Anglican Diocese Abaco District, who spoke highly of Mr. Rolle and said his legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touch, but we must know that he believed in hard work, dedication, loyalty, and most all boldness. Many lined the streets of Crown Haven as the remains of a community builder – the late Nathan Rolle — made its way to the Crown Haven Public Cemetery where he was laid to rest.