A female Royal Bermuda Regiment soldier who was one of the few who reached the senior Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Warrant Officer, has died.
Dorothy Nisbett, who was 61 and a mother of three, died suddenly at the weekend after a lifetime of service to the RBR and the country.
Major Warren Furbert, a retired Paymaster and RBR Second-in-Command, said he had worked closely with Mrs Nisbett, who was an administrative specialist and a member of the permanent staff at Warwick Camp for decades.
Maj. Furbert said: “I was shocked and surprised to find out she had passed. Her administration skills were first class.
“She did every role from Quartermaster’s clerk up and was Chief Clerk at one stage.
“She was one of those people, if you wanted to know about the Regiment processes and history, to go to.
“ I don’t know anyone who has had any significant service in the Regiment who did not have interaction with here.”
Major Kenneth Wainwright, the Regimental Administration Officer and Officer Commanding Logistics Company, said Mrs Nisbett worked for him in uniform in Logistics and as a civilian in the Defence Department.
Maj. Wainwright added: “She loved her family and she was the backbone of it. She was someone who loved to share her experience and knowledge.
“She helped to train dozens of Company Clerks and served the Regiment well and proudly for more than 30 years. Everyone is having a difficult time with the sad news, but especially in the Administrative team as they were a small and close group.”
Lieutenant Colonel Ben Beasley, the RBR’s Commanding Officer, said: “Throughout her decades of service, Mrs Nisbett was a loved fixture at Warwick Camp.
“She was a thoroughly reliable member of the Logistics team when in uniform, and carried her sense of purpose when she returned as a civilian in the Defence Department.
“The outpouring of sentiments from current and former soldiers at home and overseas is a touching tribute to a member of staff who has been an integral part of the Regiment's story.”
Col Beasley added: “Although all the soldiers are carrying their own grief, our priority is to support Andre and the rest of her family who have lost a wife, mother, and grandmother.
“She was a matriarch who simply cannot be replaced, and it is our duty to provide what comfort we can to ease their suffering.
“All of us look forward to a period when the shock has passed and we can reflect on times which were happier because she was part of them.”