They may venture overseas to “greener pastures”, but it is a truism that most Barbadians maintain an unshakable spiritual bond with the country of their birth.
This was borne out today when the mortal remains of the late Seibert Prescott, who died tragically in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 25, was interred in the burial ground at St Jude’s Anglican Church in St George.
The hour-long funeral service was attended by such leading members of the society as Minister of Education Ronald Jones, Member of Parliament for The City Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, Member of Parliament for St Michael East Trevor Prescod; Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland, Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands, and calypso maestro Mighty Gabby.
Even though reports indicate that during his 35-year sojourn in the United States Prescott never returned to Barbados, many of the older members of the community in which he grew up attended the funertal.
Prescott’s mother Pearl, who is confined to a wheelchair also attended the service and burial. In a musical tribute to her uncle, Marielle Shorey was accompanied by the Mighty Gabby on the guitar in a beautiful rendition of the hymn How Great Thou Art.
Prescott was shot dead with his son Roger Bennett, following an altercation with another man over a dog. He leaves two sons and a daughter to mourn.