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A legacy of trustworthiness

Walter Brangman was a man who adjusted to changing times and still held onto unchanging principles like trust, hard work, respect, humility and deep faith in God.

Walter embraced change with civility and a completely open mind and he was not encumbered by biases or prejudices. He understood the scale of change that the world was undergoing and you would often see him in person or hear him on talk radio offering some guidance to the average citizen as to how to reorganise their daily lives to help them cope with these phenomenal changes.

Walter related to all sectors of the community because he was void of arrogance, snobbery, self-righteousness, pretentious superiority or rabid partisanship. He could disagree with you without becoming disagreeable. Often his big broad smile and politeness disarmed his political opponents because it did not take away from the force and strength of his arguments.

Walter was a very trustworthy person. The issue of trust is one of the most important qualities of human existence. There is an old axiom that reputation is what people think you are, but trustworthiness is really what you are. Walter was the epitome of trustworthiness.

I could hear Walter saying that the current economic trauma we are living through is fundamentally a crisis of trust. He would say this is serious because trust is the underpinning of a healthy economy, a vibrant democracy, a happy country and a solid family. Walter made trust the most important quality in his personal and professional life. Without trust words become hollow.

Walter was a visionary. I remember, many, many years ago, he invited me to see his home that he just designed and built in Devonshire. His home was one of a kind. It was out of the ordinary but very practical. That experience inspired me to build non-traditional but practical office buildings.

Walter left us a rich legacy of tolerance, humility, fairness, trust worthiness, respect for others and a deep faith in God. He was intoxicated with hope and optimism for our beloved county Bermuda.

The greatest tribute that we can pay to Walter, in my view, is to personally embrace those important qualities and work hard to make them infectious in the wider community and ensure we continue to make Bermuda a wonderful place to live and work.

May God richly bless the family and may my friend Walter Sinclair Brangman rest in peace.

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Published September 02, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated September 01, 2011 at 8:27 pm)

A legacy of trustworthiness

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