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'Press Release - John James Bass'

Mr. John James Bass, master stone mason from St. Kitts passed away last week in the island of St. Eustatius and is to be interred in Statia on Tuesday 12 June 2012.

Mr. Bass has left a tangible legacy throughout the island of St. Kitts. He rebuilt the Commissariat complex at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park; what is now the present day Park Manager's Office, Gift Shop and Canteen.

Among many other examples of his stone masonry around the island are, rebuilding the chimney at Bourryeau Estate and laying down all of the mile stones around the island.

To learn more about Mr. Bass and hear him speak, please see the videos on Brimstone Hill's You Tube Channel where he was interviewed in August 2011 by Mr. Cameron Gill.

The Council of Management and Staff of the Brimstone Hill Society wishes to extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. John James Bass


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