PHILIPSBURG – Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin in her reaction to the news of the passing of Roland Bryson stated the following, “The people of Sint Maarten has lost a cultural icon in the person of the Roland Bryson aka “Paben”. Mr. Bryson is a recently retired Civil Servant that rendered years of service to the Government of Sint Maarten in his capacity as an employee at the Hygiene & Communication Departments.”
As old man “Paben” Mr. Bryson thrilled and entertained crowds locally and internationally with his performances with the Cole Bay Theatre Company. Additionally, over the years “Paben” became a cultural fixture with his numerous contributions and love for the annual Carnival festivities.
To his family, former co-workers and friends I extend my deepest condolences and I wish each of you much strength during this time of bereavement.