Late Archbishop Malcolm Babb was Friday given a grand send-off, Spiritual Baptist style.
A thanksgiving service celebrating the life and work of the 68-year-old late Spiritual Baptist was held at Jerusalem Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Cathedral, Ealing Grove, Christ Church during which he was hailed as a family man who was dedicated to his wife, his job and his church.
Leading the glowing tributes were his older brother Douglas who said they got along very well. He also shared memories of his brother dating back more than 50 years ago.
Douglas said Malcolm was quiet, but had a great sense of humour. He also said they shared a deep bond.
He recalled that when their mother took ill, as the older boy, he had to do all of the chores of the house, while Malcolm was outside playing cricket. Douglas however made light of his brother’s fast bowling, while joking that Malcolm pretended to be a fast bowler and that the only time you would hear him raise his voice was when he had clean bowled a batsman who did not want to give up.
However, he maintained that Malcolm was always a very nice guy.
The late Archbishop, who took over at the helm of the local Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church three years ago following the death of its founder and patriarch of Granville Williams in April 2014, was also hailed today as one who started preaching from early and always had a deep relationship with God.
“We did not wait until we were old, but we remembered that God had said he needed young men in their strength,” one of his colleagues said.
In addition to being hailed as a man of the House of God, he was also glorified as “the Lion of Judah” who has gone home and a “shepherd” whose voice thundered to transform men from darkness to light and from wrong to right”.
He was laid to rest today at the Westbury Cemetery, following his death on July 18 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) after ailing for some time.