Extraordinary, pioneer, hard-working, irreplaceable and generous are just some of the terms used by friends and business colleagues to describe the late, iconic businessman Krishan D. Chandiramani, MBE. There is hardly anyone in the Federation who may not have heard the name “Kishu”, as he was affectionately known. Many of the older persons remember his early days in business as a trader, starting small but with an unflinching desire to work hard. His generosity to the less fortunate, overall philanthropic efforts and contributions to healthcare, sports and charitable organizations are well known. Included among his significant contributions are the Eye-Care Clinic at the J. N. France General Hospital and the St. Christopher Outreach Center. His family and companies have sponsored athletics and other sports for the young people of the Federation, and donated to culture, religious organizations, and schools. In the world of business, Chandiramani, also the country’s Honorary Consul to India, worked diligently to build the successful Rams Group of Companies and was among the early investors in tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis. His colleagues describe him as being a significant player in the development of the Private Sector and the country as a whole. Michael Morton, a past president of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, described the life and legacy of Chandiramani in this manner. “Kishu Chandiramani was a businessman extraordinaire. He was a man of great intellect and business acumen. In spite of his many business successes in trading, tourism and real estate, he was well known for his genuine humility and was respected and well-liked by everyone with whom he came in contact. Kishu was my mentor when I served on two different occasions as Chamber president, and I always knew I could rely on his sound advice, his wisdom and unconditional support.”Morton recalled that Chandiramani often said, “I just want to do good.””The Private Sector and the Public Sector owe Kishu Chandiramani a great debt of gratitude for the sterling contribution that he made to our Federation,”Morton said, extending condolences to his wife Sheila, to all the members of his family and to the Management and Staff of The Rams Group of Companies, “at this very difficult time”. The Hon. Richard Skerritt, minister responsible for tourism, trade, industry and commerce was a long-time friend and business colleague of Chandiramani. He spoke fondly of his interactions with Kishu in the private and public Sectors. “St. Kitts and Nevis has lost a major entrepreneur, investor and business leader, and his family and friends, of which I am one, have lost a wonderful human being and friend. His family will remember him forever because he was such a wonderful father, grandfather and husband, brother and so on. “I can’t say enough about what a tremendous loss it is to everyone. He was always a very peaceful, thoughtful and hard-working individual, and I want to wish his family the most sincere and deepest condolences.”Skerritt went on to describe Chandiramani as an old-fashioned entrepreneur who used very little to make a lot. “He worked consistently to revisit what he was doing, to improve what he was doing, and to diversify what he was doing. I think, what I admire most about him was his willingness to move forward with new ventures and to diversify towards what the market was suggesting was needed for the future…He is irreplaceable.”In a statement issued by Damion Hobson, president of the CIC, he said though many can recount his business achievements, he believes ‘that Kishu would also want to be remembered for his love for family and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis”. “He demonstrated his commitment to his community in many ways, sometimes quietly, but publicly we all remember his sponsorship of many sporting events and teams, including the RAMS Primary School Athletic Championship and teams in basketball, football and netball. “His contribution to health is also known via the investment in the Eye Clinic at the J.N. France Hospital and to the Endoscopic Unit at the Alexandra Hospital, Nevis. The Chamber and the business community here in St. Kitts and Nevis have lost a pioneer, a visionary and a national who practiced with the greatest sincerity, philanthropy at its best. “We shall all miss him as a person, as a friend, and as someone on whose wise counsel you can always depend,”Hobson said. Several political groups have issued statements on Chandiramani passing. A statement by the People’s Action Movement (PAM) says in part that, ” Over the last 50 years “Kishu’through his deeds has significantly impacted the lives of ordinary citizens, and changed our social, cultural and economic landscape for the better with contributions to tourism, banking, healthcare, education, religion, sports, as well as his latest endeavour to feed the homeless.”The People’s Labour Party(PLP) said, “Perhaps Mr. Chandiramani’s most permeating and enduring legacy of his philanthropic deeds in the Federation is his contribution to the field of healthcare, as it personally benefits many individuals. The Endoscopic Unit at the Alexandra Hospital, Nevis and the Eye Clinic at the J.N. France Hospital, St. Kitts, both stand as powerful testimonies to his caring heart. Yet, there were many other positive attributes of this humble giant who touched the lives of so many. The virtues of Mr. Kishu can best be summed up in him being the very epitome of a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend.”Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Hon. Marcella Liburd also extended condolences on behalf of the government and her family. She too lauded Chandiramani’s contribution to the economy of St. Kitts. “I would like to extend condolences to the family, friends, the employees and all associated with Mr. Kishu. I have had many instances to interact with him, and I found him to be a very dedicated and friendly person. Through his success with the Rams Group of Companies, he contributed much to the development of St. Kitts and Nevis in a number of ways, not just business. One would know, for example, that the Rams Group of Companies has been a sponsor of primary school athletics for many years, contributing to the development of our young athletes. He has made significant contributions to the Ministry of Health, sponsored the Rams Hitters basketball team, as well as the Village Superstars football team. “Indeed, he has contributed to nearly every aspect of life in St. Kitts and Nevis. We will miss Mr. Kishu, but we know that his name and legacy would live on in all that he has done to help promote St. Kitts and Nevis,’the Minister said. Family, close relatives and friends attended the Thursday funeral of the late Krishan “Kishu”Chandiramani in St. Maarten, where he was cremated following the service. In St. Kitts, friends and well-wishers can participate in a memorial service that is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at the Basseterre Co-Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. The Management and Staff of the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer extend sincere condolences to Mrs. Sheila Chandiramani and her family. .