On 12 August, 2019 we lost a dear friend and colleague, Mr. Emmanuel Brown. Emmanuel first joined the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in February 1996. By age 48, Emmanuel had spent 22 years in the service, and thus, in service of these Cayman Islands. It was then, in February of 2018, that Emmanuel, PC 214, decided to retire in pursuit of his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Although it saddened his partners and close friends to see him leave the service after so many years, everyone was also happy to see him following his dream, and knew that they would still see him often.
Emmanuel, affectionately known to most of us as “Manny,” spent his career in several departments of the police service. He worked in the former Drugs Task Force, now known as the Crime Task Force; the former Uniform Support Group, now known as the Firearms Response Unit, the Burglary Squad; and several other uniform shifts across all three islands.
Not only was he was a dedicated member of each unit, he also served as the light at the end of the tunnel for most who worked with him, because of his pleasant personality and his ability to always be optimistic. He would always tell anyone who seemed to be worried or overwhelmed, “don’t worry, it will work itself out.” He always offered a helping hand, was always smiling, always seemed genuinely happy to see everyone, and never complained. You could not help but love him.
More than a police officer, Manny was the proud father of three beautiful children. He was also a footballer who represented the Cayman Islands on a number of occasions. He could always be depended upon to assist the police in Government League Football and often even brought his son Rico to play, saying “if its family it counts.” He represented the service in the World Law Enforcement Football Championship held in Holland in the year 2016. He even became an official referee for the league.
His friends say the happiest they’ve ever seen him was when he moved on from policing and decided to launch his Jungle Float business. He was able to work with his friends and family, especially his children, in making this dream come through. The love he had for his new business resonated in him so much that a visitor to the island decided to partner with Manny in expanding this endeavor, simply because Manny spoke with such conviction.
This man, the late Mr. John Turner from the UK, had recently retired and decided that he wanted to spend his retirement in the Cayman Islands, having visited a few times before. He visited Starfish Point, saw Jungle Float, and was fascinated. After speaking with Manny, he saw an opportunity to invest in his dreams and from that point on they were almost inseparable.
“My dad loved Manny, they spent so much time together and had so much fun,” says Mr. Turner’s daughter, Sonia. “My father followed his dream and retired in the Caribbean where there was sunshine and relaxation, and those were the best years of his life. Part of that was because of his friendship with Manny.”
On Saturday 7th September, 2019, a large group of people who have been touched in some way by the peaceful and optimistic Emanuel Brown gathered at the Agape Family Worship Centre to say goodbye to their dear family or friend and he was later laid to rest at the Pease Bay Cemetery in Bodden Town.
She is joined by many others who have nothing but kind words for Manny:
Inspector Damenian Maxwell says “I never imagined I would be writing a tribute for my best friend, there was no time to say goodbye. Manny was such an all-round strong person, from sincere character, one of a kind personality, presence, to absolute love for his children. Manny had an enormous capacity and courage to live. There must be so many people who have been touched by his kindness and spirit. He will always be with me, and what I will remember most is his big smile, accompanied by his goofy laugh. Since the loss of my dear friend, I have learnt to live for each day and take it as a blessing, knowing it may not always be this way. If I had known then what I know now, I would have spent more time with you. Sleep in peace Big Brother.” - Max –
Senior Police Constable Clay Coleman says, “I have really had some good luck when it comes to friends. I don’t know how many people can say that they have known their best friend since they were 10 years old. From the first day I met Emanuel in Primary School, I knew we would be friends for life. He and I were so similar in character and was weird was that we both had the same love for sports. We preserved through ugly high school girlfriends, bad haircuts, a car accident with a hilarious story behind it, and so many more. And after I became a police officer, several years later, with some pushing and prodding I was finally able to convince Manny to join the RCIPS as well. This is where we were able to become men, leaders and examples for the younger persons in our communities. We shared many losses, but our bond as friends only got stronger. Rest in peace old friend.” - Clay -
The RCIPS Class of 1996 had this to say “The well-known artists Boys II Men released a song in 1991 called “It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday”. The lyrics resonate with each of us from the RCIPS Class of 1996. We all met Emmanuel during our recruitment process into the RCIPS. We remember that he loved life and lived it to its fullest. He had the most infectious laughter which caused you to laugh even without knowing what the joke was about. He found humor in every situation. He was a team player in every role he was asked to play. He gave 100% of his effort to everything he tackled both at work and in his social obligations. We are in denial that this moment is our final separation. We are angry with ourselves for not laughing more as life is way too short. We love you Manny, and as Vince Gill’s song states “Go rest high on that mountain” - Class of 1996 -
Inspector Joseph Wright says, “The happiest I have seen Manny was this last year that he spent putting his business together. I helped him build the Jungle Float and he was smiling the whole way through. He was so happy.” - Joe -
PC Cheryl Williams says, “Brown had a very calm, free and courteous spirit. I was privileged to experience a small portion of that. Good friends and people who make a difference in our lives are hard to find. It was a pleasure knowing you and being a part of your journey. Rest in Peace my dear friend.” - Cheryl -
Ms. Lois Gould, Administrative Secretary of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit, says, “For the years I have known Manny, he’s always had a smiling, pleasant countenance: very ‘mannerable’, easy-going and easy to get along with, and always civil in manner and behavior. He will certainly be missed.” - Ms. Lois -
PS Shawn Bodden of the Joint Marine Unit says, “Manny and I did a lot of patrols using the unit’s wave runners and I found him to be an officer you could count on when the going got rough. He was a very safety conscious person when it came to the marine environment and went out of his way to ensure people enjoyed the marine environment safely. We discussed owning watersports businesses quite often when he was in the Marine Unit and I was glad to see that he got to do what he loved doing. He was a good man and he will be sorely missed by many. He is now plying the waters of heaven and looking down on us all, protecting us.” - Abjack -
Inspector Wendy Parchment, of the Custody Department wrote, “The sunset has captured your picturesque smile, your thunderous laughter can be heard above the sky, your moonlight personality brought calm to my troubled heart. Your gentle spirit now asleep amongst the stars, your chemistry of friendship taught me to appreciate who I am. Self-preservation was your moto; your favourite topic was the love for our children and the things they did that amused us the most. Your fishing trips alone late at nights were your delight. I would lay awake until you confirmed you were safe ashore. Now as I close my eyes from the blinding tears and reminisce of the happier moments on our shift, the rhythmic sounds of your voice can be heard once more echoing within my broken heart. Always and forever, your friend.”