There was standing room only today at St Luke’s Anglican Church in St George as members of the legal profession gathered there to bid farewell to one of their own, the late Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Office, Lancelot Applewhaite.
In a moving tribute to her father, Trudi Applewhaite with tears streaming down her cheeks remembered her father as a loving man who never ended a conversation with her without saying: “I love you”.
She also remembered her father as one who celebrated her academic successes as if they were his own.
The late court was also very protective of his offspring. His daughter told the packed church that even though she had reached the age of maturity, her father always sought to find out who her male companions were and cautioned her to be careful in her choice of partners.
To loud laughter from the congregation, she further remembered the trained attorney-at-law saying to her: “ Do not buy any property in your partner’s name.”
Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Environment and diplomat Lolita Applewhaite remembered her brother as a loving, generous and witty man who was seen as the keeper of the family’s history.
“He loved deeply and was deeply loved in return. He was not too macho to say, ‘I love you or I am sorry’. He said this to the people he cared deeply about, his children, his siblings and his close friends. ‘I love you’ was an expression he used often,” she said.
In his tribute, Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock QC remembered Applewhaite as an officer who pursued his work with a single-minded purpose and zeal and a passion for justice.
Lauding his commitment to his work, Leacock said: “Applewhaite stuck to his tasks seriously and fervently and he applied himself. His written work was exceptionally good and he brought a clarity and single-mindedness to his Chamber applications whether they were mutual legal assistance matters and in particular bail applications that were even surprising to the Director.”
Heading the lists of dignitaries attending the funeral service and burial were Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson; High Court Justices Randall Worrell, William Chandler and Carlisle Greaves, who currently sits on the bench in Bermuda.
Other members of the legal fraternity attending the funeral service and burial included Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley, Andrew Pilgrim, QC, Vonda Pile, Arthur Holder, Angella Mitchell-Gittens, Gregory Nicholls, Alvan Babb, Lesley Cargill-Straker, Stephen Alleyne and Larry Smith.
Former parliamentary representative for St George South Sir Louis Tull and sitting member for the constituency, Dwight Sutherland were also in attendance.