PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has expressed deep sorrow over the death of businessman Sir Brian Bell (pictured) in
, yesterday, The National reports. Brisbane, Australia
To many, Sir Brian, 82, could be described as a great man of the people; an honoured gentleman and citizen and a friend of
. Papua New Guinea
Over the years, Brian Bell had become Mr B, a nametag that had stayed on until his death.
“Sir Brian has made considerable contributions to his adopted country
for more than 50 years in business development and innumerable humanitarian causes. Papua New Guinea
“I take my hat off to this pioneer businessman who contributed to various organisations such as being chairman of the
until his death. Port Moresby General Hospital
“He also served as deputy lord mayor of
, a member of the PNG lands board, the Salvation Army advisory board and the PNG law and order committee. Port Moresby
“He was at one time chairman of UPNG Foundation, the NCD South Pacific Festival of Arts (1980) and the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. Sir Brian also served as patrons of
and the Port Moresby City Mission. AIESEC PNG University
“Apart from setting up a school just outside
, Sir Brian also helped in offering scholarships and funding to many needy and deserving young Papua New Guineans.” Port Moresby
The man from
, has been in PNG for longer than he has ever been at home and, for most of his years here, he has been a citizen. Cinchilla, Queensland
Sir Brian, CSM, KBE, C.St.J, was knighted by the Queen for his many contributions to business and charity in PNG.
“PNG has recognised his invaluable contributions and bestowed upon him a number of well-earned awards over the years,” Sir Michael said.
Sir Brian was also the honorary consul-general of
Norway and . Sweden
“On behalf of Papua New Guineans, Lady Veronica and my family, I sincerely thank the late Sir Brian’s family for his many contributions.
“He will be remembered by many whose lives he touched,” Sir Michael said.
Sir Brian was an icon who had been at the helm of his business everyday since he began in 1961, and had singularly been responsible for building up a
quality conscious non-food mercantile, hardware, home and electrical appliances business in
Papua New Guinea – expanding from to Lae, Kokopo, Madang, Mt Hagen and other smaller towns in the country. Port Moresby
Brian Bell & Company Ltd has become one of Papua New Guinea`s premier retailer, wholesaler and distributor of non-food and clothing products companies.
Through its extensive branch and distribution network, it offers a wide range of products and services to businesses, aid agencies, mining companies, government departments and individuals throughout the country.
Brian Bell`s retail network comprises 10 retail outlets and more than 25 distribution agencies in all major commercial centres in PNG.