Edward Willard Colebrooke, Sr. and his wife, Iris Bernette resided in “The Valley” on Carew Street west for nearly fifty years, where they nurtured and instilled Christian values in their nine children.
Mr. Colebrooke was one of the seventeen Bahamian volunteers who served as munition worker at the outbreak of World War II in September 1942. They were posted in The Midlands, United Kingdom, and served their country for six years in this capacity. Upon his return home in 1948, he accepted employment at British Overseas Airways Corporation where his tenure lasted for over thirty years. He later joined the Ministry of Finance Valuation Dept., where he served until retirement.
Mr. Colebrooke was a very gifted athlete in his youth and excelled in track and field at what was later known as the Eastern junior and Senior Schools. Two of his sons, Kevin and E’en carried on the tradition in High School and University, participating, very successfully in track and field.
The Colebrooke children growing up, were very involved in every aspect of life in “The Valley”. As Anglicans, they all attended Saint Georges Church and were benefactors of many of the religious, educational and social offerings of Saint Georges Church. They were, and still are, very big supporters of The Valley junkanoo group.
Mr. Colebrook was a quiet, unassuming, unassuming, caring and well-respected man in the community, who played an important role in the rearing of his children and neighbors’ children alike. He was a strict father but always had an encouraging word for the kids in the neighborhood who looked up to him.
The matriarch of the Colebrooke family, iris, was the disciplinarian in the family, and the whole neighborhood knew it. She ruled the household and ran a “tight ship!” Chores had to be done by the time she arrived home from work every day, or else!
Mr. Colebrooke predeceased his wife in March of 1993. Iris his wife three months later, joined him in June of 1993, exactly three months to the day of his passing.