Members of the farming community, the island’s political directorate, relatives and friends, packed the St Catherine Anglican Church, St Philip today to bid farewell to Tyrone Power, an agriculturalist and politician.
Heading the list of dignitaries attending the funeral service and burial were Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who in a moving tribute described the late Power as “my friend in a very special way”.
“I speak to you this evening with a full and very heavy heart. You know that you have a special friend when a person is always ready to shower you with acts of kindness and graciousness, and to help you to carry your burdens just for the joy of it, with no expectation of getting anything in return. That was what Tyrone Power meant to me,” Arthur said.
Pointing out that during his lenghty term as Prime Minister of Barbados, Power’s home was where he found solace and a sanctuary, Arthur said: “The office of Prime Minister can be a very lonely place, filled with the burden of carrying the well being of a whole people on your shoulders. When the pressures get too great, you need to find a sanctuary, a simple place to go, to reflect, to make great decisions that are right decisions. Golden Grove, Tyrone’s Farm and Tyrone’s company I found solace at those moments. He [Power] did it for the joy of it, and asked for nothing in return.”
Speaking on behalf of the farming community and the Barbados Agricultural Society, chief executive officer Paul recalled that as president of the BAS between 1998 and 2008, Power demonstrated leadership at a time when the organisation was facing severe challenges.
Paul further stated that Power demonstrated bravery when many wanted to put “great distance between themselves and the BAS and was instrumental in securing the financial stability of the BAS in collaboration with another stalwart, Carlyle Brathwaite”.
The funeral service was also attended by: Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sport Stephen Lashley; parliamentary representative for St Thoma, Cynthia Forde; parliamentary representative for St George North Gline Clarke; parliamentary representative for St Michael North Ronald Toppin; former parliamentary representative for St Philip North Rudolph “Cappy” Greenidge; former parliamentary representative for St Michael South Central David Gill; Senator Jerome Walcott; former Minister of Agriculture Erskine Griffith; parliamentary representative in the Ministry of Finance Senator Jeptor Ince; former Barbados Labour Party candidate for St Philip North in the 2008 general election, Indar Weir; former Barbados Labour Party candidate for St Michael West Central Ian Gooding-Edghill; former Director of Finance Dr George Reid and former permanent secretary Ellsworth Young.
Following the funeral service, Power’s body was buried in the church’s cemetery.