Raise a glass (preferably a “ti rum”) for Warren “Put” Putman (1925-2019) and his still alive and kicking pal Dan Floissac! Put first came to St. Lucia in 1962 with his wife Pat and three children (Duncan, Diana, and Alexandra) when he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and lived at Black Bay in Vieux Fort. The family fell in love with the island and came back to live several other times and purchased property, Ramier Estate, near Dennery. Loving the water, he had a sail boat and enjoyed fishing and snorkeling. He returned again with the family in 1970 for a couple of years when he had an import hotel supply company, Arnold and Putman, Ltd. Then again, he and Pat moved back in the 1980s for several years when he ran Ramier producing vegetables and flowers for local sales and export. Robert Deveaux was a friend and neighbor at one point and he and Put had long conversations about the need to protect St. Lucia’s unique natural and historical heritage.
Dan and Put became close friends back in the 1960’s and were still in contact when Dad died on July 21, 2019. They spent many days fishing on Dan’s boat, having beach side picnics with lots of rum punch and back in the 1960’s and 1970’s talking politics with Henry Giraudy, John Compton and many other politicians. Both men were farmers and naturalists and Dan took over Put’s pig business when he left in the 1970’s. May we celebrate life and friendships that endure long distances and time!