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Remember Nigel Benjamin?

          

 

When did you attend Priory?

1969-74 and 1977-82 ( A true Priory-ite)

 

Who was your most unforgettable teacher?

Several favourites over many years! Mrs Parks early on, Mrs Gomes for making world cultures come alive, Mrs Brown for getting me hooked on Geography- very cool, Mr. Chavannes for inspiring me to be a well rounded athlete (swimming, football, cricket, track, Volleyball), "Coach" Mike Henry for the free burgers at his burger shop at Spanish Court after each football match, Jim Roberts for helping me pass the SATs and US History class for college, and MOST of all Mrs Gregory for demanding so much of me and believing in me (despite my atrocious spelling). She inspired in me a love of creative language and words which has served me well in my advertising career. I cannot leave out Patrick Bourke who as Headmaster and Counsellor was an extraordinary human being of enormous compassion and vision.
 

              

                                                               Mrs. Gregory                             Mr. Bourke

Who were your best friends at school?

WOW!? Richard Searle of course, Jeannie Manapol (my girlfriend through HS), Michael "Stinky" Abrahams, Roberta Stoddart (a great Jamaican Artist and Squash rival), Neil Andrade & Sean Bourke who introduced me and my brother Julian to Surfing, Mark Ware, Melanie Chang, "DB" Donald Bennet, Abdullah Gadau, "ballers" Nicky Henry and Johnny Mossolomon, Jimmy Joseph & Rod Cook/Simms, long-time friends Rico Palomino, Mark & Neil Scott, Ailsa & Alistair Smith, and so many other great friendships over the years!
 

             

                                  Michael 'Stinky' Abrahams                                Roberta Stoddart

     

Who are you in touch with now?

Richard and I reconnected (thanks to the priory website) and had a wonderful time together in Sacramento last January - THANKS!! I stay in contact a couple times per year with most of my friends mentioned above ...yes, even my old girlfriend, Jeannie.

Nigel and Rich's Reunion
 

 Who would you like to trace if we could?

Would like to locate / contact Rico Palomino, Roberta Stoddard (Trinidad), Melanie Chang  (JA?), Mark Ware (Canada), Abdullah Gadau (Nigeria). Recently reconnected with Ailsa & Alistair Smith (Scotland) and "DB" Canada.

       

What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

1. Allowed myself to be dressed up and paraded around as a ballerina for "Slave day"..why did I even mention that?
2. Showing up to class late and still with sandy feet and wet shorts after another early morning surf session at Harbour view. (Ended up having a nice chat with the Principal as Mr. Bourke knew Sean was out surfing too :-)

 

Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

David Gonzales for sure! Always pulling outrageous pranks in class like when he put an open juice box carton on top of a ceiling fan blade and timed it perfectly to spill over onto the teacher's desk when she turned on the fan to start class after lunch break. What a mess!
  

Where do you live and what do you do now?


After working in Ad Agencies in the Caribbean and the US for 10+ years I now run my own Advertising and Marketing consultancy in San Diego, California (and surf a lot too). I also enjoy cooking and am dabbling in the restaurant biz with a mind to opening a Jamaican food joint in the future perhaps?

 

Tell us about any significant others


I just celebrated 15 years of marriage with my wife Lilia (who is from San Diego and we met at UWI, Jamaica). We have 2 awesome kids both "born-a-yard", Noah (12) and Cayla (10)who are honour roll students and real kick in the pants nuff-fun-loving pickney! Lilia loves working for Yahoo! and cruising on her motorbike. Noah digs science. Cayla rides bikes and boards and goes camping with Dad. Dad is into Surfing, Squash and Yoga. And, we ALL practice Martial Arts together and compete in Taekwondo. Watch out for the Black Belt Benjamins!!

Nigel & Lilia

 

What do you think of the Priory site?


The site is fantastic and SO very much appreciated! Priory fostered a unique environment for learning and making friends with families from all over the world! The downside is that it has been very difficult to find and stay in touch with friends who came and went. Your effort to provide a resource to re-connect and to stimulate memories of good times through our shared experiences is most appreciated! ( More pics and yearbooks from the early 80s would be great!) Cheers! Nigel

 

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