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In praise of Alan Titus

February 21, 2012

Dear Sir,

The recent passing of Alan Titus invoked many memories of him as a Big Brother during my tenure as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Alan’s commitment and dedication to BBBS and in particular to his Little Brother was simply amazing. Alan was 66 years old when he was matched with a very bright, gifted and inquisitive ten- year-old youngster, who had hopes of one day becoming a marine biologist. This match relationship was so extraordinary that Alan and his Little Brother were featured on the 2008 cover of RG Magazine; the story focused upon relationships and how two persons from two very different backgrounds can work together: one young, one old, one black, one white, one affluent, and one less fortunate. To see this relationship flourish over the past six years can be attributed to Alan’s willingness to work through any challenge presented to him.

Alan epitomised and even redefined what it meant to be a Big Brother: he cared; he shared; he listened; he sacrificed his time and poured himself into the life of his Little Brother, always desiring the best for him; Alan was never hesitant to share the impact that his Little Brother was having on him. Alan supported every aspect of the BBBS Programme. He was extremely reliable and always ensured his Little Brother would be in attendance at our annual events; it was such a joy to observe his smile and twinkle in his eye as he and his LB participated in these events. Alan also participated in our “recruitment campaigns” by making presentations to the corporate sector. Lastly, I recall how engaging Alan was as he interacted with his peers during Big Training Workshops; he was always encouraging and his views were respected as he shared his thoughts and experiences with them.

BBBS paid Alan the highest tribute by recognising him as the 2009 Big Brother of the Year. Alan Titus will long be remembered as an ambassador of the BBBS Programme. We will forever cherish in our hearts, his pleasing nature and endearing spirit. As I share this tribute to Alan, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and thank Mrs Titus for sharing Alan with us.

ESME WILLIAMS

Former Executive Director, BBBS

Big Brother Alan Titus with his Little Brother Khalil Burch

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Published February 24, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 24, 2012 at 7:54 am)

In praise of Alan Titus

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