Popular Nature Tour Guides Jim Johnson Dies
Dead is 50-year-old Jim Johnson of Brick Klin Village, Nevis.
According to Inspector Hilroy Brandy, Acting Head of the Nevis Division of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m., police and a unit from the Fire and Rescue Services responded to a fire call in Brick Klin.
“On arrival, the stone basement and wooden top building was engulfed in flames. And sometime after 5:00 a.m. when the fire was extinguished, a search of the rubbles revealed the charcoal remains of Mr. Jim Johnson,” Brandy said.
The Inspector added that Johnson was alone in the building at the time of the fire, and after examination by the District Medical Officer his remains were taken to Hunkins Funeral Home.
A press release from the St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association, states that the association is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Johnson and sends out condolences to his family at this time of their bereavement.
“Jim was the ultimate ambassador for Nevis, his energy and commitment to the Island was shown in the Fall of 2009 with the launching of the Nevis Pirate Festival. For his efforts with the Pirate Festival Jim was given an honorary membership of the HTA. All that had been on one of his tours will have known his knowledge and his enthusiasm for the Island of Nevis and anything to do with its nature and history,” the release reads.
Jim was very well respected by everyone who knew him. In addition to leading rainforest walks, Mount Nevis hikes and nature excursions, Jim also conducted numerous scientific research activities on the island.
For the many of you who had the opportunity to meet Jim, you know what a joy he was to be around and what a unique personality he had. He shared his love for the island of Nevis with every guest he encountered, and truly cared about making guests’ vacations memorable.