The usually happy and joyous world of comedy in Barbados was thrown into a state of mourning this week with the passing of one of its greats.
Actress Myrna Squires, also known as Mabel or Wilhelmina Herassofat onstage in her Laugh It Off productions, passed away on Sunday.
Many expressed their sadness at the actress and singer’s death.
Carl Alff Padmore wrote on his Facebook page: “Today my cousin, one of my mentors and a lady of the stage, has departed this earth . . . . I am hurting deep and I wish the pain was easier; but we are holding on as a family . . . . Myrna Squires . . . a tower to many and a mother to many more . . . . Rest in peace . . . . Pampalam, Bimshire, all the choirs and the church at Society will miss you.”
Ronnie Morris also expressed his sympathy via the popular social network.
“Myrna Squires was such a genuinely nice person. I only met her a few times, but she was always so encouraging, and always gave me a real big warm Bajan hug whenever she saw me. This is sad. Very sad. Rest well . . . . You were an extremely talented lady, you lived a life of dignity and shared your talent with us all for so little in return. You will be missed,” he said.
Newcomer to the Laff It Off productions, Janine White, said while she did not know Squires personally, she was still saddened by her passing.
“. . . Her name, expertise, experience, and legacy in the performing arts are . . . deep-rooted . . . . She will be missed.”
Squires was also a member of the Barbados Festival Choir and the Barclays Singers.