The National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture has extended deepest condolences to the Doyle Family on the passing of Emmett Doyle, the last resident Curator of the Botanical Gardens.

A release from the Authority said Mr. Doyle passed away on 26th February 2019, approximately nineteen years after retirement from the civil service.

During his tenure, he served in several capacities and has been known for his work in tree propagation, grafting of tree crops and beautification of several areas.

He also had close working relationships with several persons such as Conrad De Freitas, Samuel Peters, Ronald Bullock, Dr. Earl Kirby and James Francois, all of whom were affiliated with the Botanical Gardens.

The Authority said persons who worked with Mr. Doyle remember his quiet disposition, generosity and thoughtfulness.  In 2015, he was recognized for his contribution and service to the Botanical Gardens, as part of activities to commemorate its 250th anniversary. 

It said his wealth of knowledge and experience with plants and the Garden’s history will be truly missed.