Wednesday, April 24, 2024

A lesson in virtue

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THE SELFLESSNESS with which late Prime Minister David Thompson pursued his goals was a lasting virtue by which  Barbadians should be inspired.
This was one of the lessons new Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said would be left behind, as he addressed the hundreds who flocked to the field of Gall Hill, St John to remember their dearly departed leader.
Saluting the man whom he has succeeded to the highest political post in the land, Stuart reminded the audience that Thompson had pursued his goals with a selflessness “that many of us will do well to emulate”.He also said Thompson’s fingerprints would long remain on the people of St John and on the hearts of all who came into contact with him, during his boyhood and later as an adult in public life.
This country, Stuart added, also owed a debt of gratitude to Thompson’s wife Mara and their daughters Misha, Oya and Osa-Marie for “lending David to the country for long periods of time”.
Tears also flowed on the night of thanksgiving Sunday, as Mara Thompson wept for her husband, Chris Sinckler and Irene Sandiford-Garner cried for their colleague, and others barely held back tears.
The inter-denominational praise and thanksgiving service, dubbed a success by chief organiser, Reverend David Durant , featured songbird Kareem Clarke rendering It Is Well With My Soul and No More Night backed by the Restoration Ministries; along with Hoszia Hinds performing Not An Option and two-time calypso monarch Adrian Clarke singing Eye On The Sparrow and God Never Fails.
 

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