Family, friends, government officials and others attended a memorial service for Campbell Bridges held August 21st at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, Kenya.
Noted speakers included Kenyan commissioner of Mines & Geology Dr. Bernard Ropp, Kenyan Chamber of Mines vice chairman Cedric Simonet, Kenyan Member of Parliament and government assistant chief whip Johnson Muthama and ICA ambassador to Kenya Susie Kennedy.
Ropp spoke of Campbell Bridges’ dedication in working in harsh terrain to develop and promote the gemstone mining sector in Kenya. Simonet called Campbell someone who worked tirelessly “not just for himself, but for all miners, the gemstone industry, and the development of his country, Kenya . ” He noted that Campbell was a founding member of the Kenya Chamber of Mines and its first chairman.
Kennedy recalled Campbell’s dream for Africa. “His dream was to continue to mine tsavorite, process it, market it around the world, and to train Kenyans to mine, process the gem and much more. I ask that all of us join hands to keep Campbell’s dream alive,” she said.
Other speakers honoring Campbell included former commissioner of mines & geology Wilson Siambi, H.E. U.S. ambassador to Ghana Donald Teitelbaum and Kenyan minister of Public Health & Sanitation Beth Mugo.
Following the service, ICA hosted a wake at a nearby hotel for family and friends.
Bridges was attacked and murdered early this month by a mob in Kenya Tuesday over a dispute over mining rights in southeastern Kenya at a mine in the Taita Taveta District in Tsavo National Park.