It was a solemn yet joyous occasion this morning, October 15, as colleagues both from the Inner and Outer Bar remembered the life of attorney-at-law John Fuller during a special sitting of the High Court.
Fuller, 75, passed away on the afternoon of September 29, reportedly from a heart attack.
On Thursday, October 14, after a simple ceremony attended by family and close friends, Fuller was laid to rest in a simple coffin that was built by prison inmates.
One friend whom Fuller considered to be family, Kendrickson “Kenny” Kentish, referred to a “final request” of which Fuller always reminded him – and which was fulfilled by his relatives.
Kentish recalled experiencing many “firsts” in the company of Fuller, including seeing a shark while snorkeling; witnessing a Leatherback Turtle laying eggs on the beach; and meeting a number of celebrities at his home.
Fuller was known to be a lover of Nature and its creatures, and he worked tirelessly to ensure that their natural habitats were preserved.
Kentish described Fuller as a very humble man who was not interested in any honours, but who deserves some form of recognition for his contribution to the legal profession here.
He said Fuller’s loss was a tragedy to him and he thanked the family for allowing him to share in his fellow attorney’s life.
In the more than three-hours-long sitting, many other lawyers paid tribute, including Attorney-General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin; Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Armstrong; and Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, who was also close to Fuller.
They described him as outspoken, knowledgeable of the law, funny, and a charismatic attorney.
Former Attorney-General Justin Simon also paid tribute to his fallen colleague.
Fuller was also lauded by other members of the Bar.