Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart headed a list of distinguished Barbadians who turned out today at the James Street Methodist Church, the City, to bid farewell to community worker and businessman Basil Forbes.
Also attending today’s funeral service were General Secretary of the Democratic Labour Party Donville Inniss and other politicians, as well as Magistrate Douglas Frederick, leading members of the business community and a large contingent of scouts from the Barbados Boy Scouts Association.
During the funeral service Sir Elliott, in his capacity as Chief Scout of the Association, read one of the Bible lessons.
In his eulogy, attorney-at-law Lemuel Rawlins recalled that over the past 39 years, Forbes was his close friend, mentor and confidant.
Rawlins further recalled that during his long life Forbes was a committed member of the South District Methodist Church and the wider Methodist Church community in Barbados.
Forbes was also remembered as a pioneer in furniture manufacture and an entrepreneur at a time when very few Barbadians knew what the word meant.
Noting that Forbes always sought to build the communities in which he lived or frequented, Rawlins said he established the Breakfast Club at the South District Primary School and at the Blackman and Gollop Primary School.
Rawlins also told the packed church that Forbes played a pivotal role in the World Scout Jamboree which was held in Barbados in 1972 and remained a committed member of the DLP even after their defeat in 1976 by the Barbados Labour Party.
Forbes’ mortal remains were later interred at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, Christ Church.