The following tribute to Fr Benedict Hilaire was submitted by Mark Mungal on behalf of the 1st Presentation Sea Scouts troop. It appeared in their 60th anniversary magazine in 2017. ‘Fr Bunty’ served as their Chaplain in the late 70s to early 80s during his time as parish priest in San Fernando. It has been edited for length.
Fr Benedict Hilaire, aka Fr Bunty, Uncle Bunty and Rasta priest (without the dreadlocks, but with the soul bounce) … brought with him a bit of a different approach to his pastoral service that saw him take on many different roles as the true grassroots servant leader.
The Storyteller—Bunty enjoyed sharing stories with the scouts during our camps, often taking us way back to his own childhood days. In one story, he tells of my grandmother (Mama Dorothy) doing the necessary medical procedure on his injured foot after his brother miscalculated a game of ‘pass near’ with a garden fork… yes, it’s a true story and thankfully, Bunty lived to tell it.