Outspoken Attorney Don Christopher, who passed away on Monday following recent surgery, is being described by some here as a fighter and a liberator.
“He was a committed Dominican,” his cousin Sylvester “Cess” Joseph told DNO while acknowledging that Christopher would be missed.
“He did make a significant contribution to Dominica in terms of his activities – he was a ball of fire, very very committed to Dominica and that was his guiding principle – Dominica first,” Cess said in tribute to the deceased attorney who was also active politically.
Farmer Randy Aaron whom Christopher represented in court on a variety of matters, says Don gave him “some serious and positive legal direction”.
“He was a champion,” Aaron adds, recalling that he worked with Christopher as part of a team that went around and ensured that the United Workers Party was properly launched.
“Don to me, he was a liberator,” was how Aaron summed him up.
Broadcaster Lennox Linton describes Christopher as “a man who faithfully stood for the causes that needed his assistance”.
“He was firm against those wrongs he felt needed resistance and he was very passionate about the future in the distance,” Linton said of Christopher.
For him, one of the things that defined Christopher was the attorney’s decision as a member of the country’s electoral commission, to “go to court and ask the court for a ruling on his belief that Mr Skerrit (prime minister) was interfering with the work of the independent electoral commission”.
“That matter didn’t succeed at the court of first instance but it told you who Don Christopher was,” Linton told DNO.
So what would the broadcaster describe as Christopher’s legacy, we asked him.
“His legacy is in the persistence of his fight for justice, and not just through the court, but just through his relationship and his working with ordinary people,” Linton said.
“His legacy I think is in his fearlessness,” Linton added.
Christopher was a patient at the princess Margaret hospital where he had undergone surgery last week.
According to reports, after the surgery he was admitted to the ICU over the weekend because of complications.
Christoper is well known on the Dominican legal scene and was recently Tiyani Behanzin’s attorney in a civil matter brought by Behanzin against the government for their refusal to call him to the bar after being promised he would be.
Christopher has also served as an attorney for the United Workers Party, and was also a member of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
A calypso lover, Don Christopher also gave unwavering support to the Pat Aaron led Mas Camp calypso tent.
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