Trade unionists, educators, credit union officials and personalities on both sides of the political divide turned out in their numbers this morning at the Abundant Life Assembly on Bank Hall, St Michael, to bid adieu to educator, trade unionist, credit unionist and political activist Alvin Phil Perry, who died on November 19 at the age of 71.
Among those attending today’s funeral service were: Former President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and current Minister of Education Ronald Jones; former President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union and retired educator Patrick Frost; Chairman of the National Sports Council Michael Power; former Deputy Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds; executive member of the BUT, Jacqueline Prescod; former manager of the Barbados Cricket Team and retired Sergeant of the Royal Barbados Police Force Hartley Reid and Democratic Labour Party stalwart, Astor B Watts.
In a glowing tribute to her father, Zuwena Perry said he believed passionately that during anyone’s life they should always try to assist someone.
She described him as a humble and a gentle person who was an exemplary father and a caring husband to his wife Gillian.
Zuwena recalled that as a teacher of English at The Alexandra School many students would have been influenced by his commitment to excellence.
In his tribute, veteran trade unionist Patrick Frost lauded Perry’s contribution to the promotion of the interests of the working class in Barbados.
Tributes were also paid in song by the Barclay Singers, The Alexandra School Combined Choir and the Alexandra School Old Scholars.
Perry’s mortal remains were later laid to rest at the St James Cemetery.