The Barbados Red Cross Society has been thrown into mourning following the death of Director General Edmund Bradshaw, who passed away over the weekend in neighbouring Trinidad & Tobago.
Speaking in glowing terms about his colleague, who headed the local Red Cross office for almost two decades, Youth Officer Director Peterson Yearwood said the news caught the charitable organization by surprise during one its busiest times of the year.
“The mood in the Red Cross is a very sad one and we are still trying to get out work that Mr Bradshaw would have started, but it is difficult because the mood is so sombre and we are still trying to come to terms with the loss.
“Mr Bradshaw was a very dedicated person who served in other capacities across Barbados in other charities and agencies. He loved young people and more importantly he loved working to the benefit of the most vulnerable,” Yearwood told Barbados TODAY this evening.
He said even though Bradshaw had suffered some health challenges in the past, the news of his passing still came as a shock.
“He would have had a past medical issue but he was recovering well, he was doing great, he was as fit as a normal person his age. He used to take his medication and exercise regularly and he was a healthy person up until the time of his passing,” Yearwood said.
He also sought to assure the public that even though Bradshaw had died his missionary work would continue, especially during the season of giving.
“His death will certainly have some impact on our outreach during the Christmas season because the driving force behind our Christmas programme was normally Mr Bradshaw. He directs the activity and he was always someone that would push through the challenges. He will be missed, but we are still continuing with it and we are prepared to go out as planned,” he added.
President of the Barbados Red Cross Association Winston Waithe also expressed deep sorrow upon hearing the news, adding that it would be difficult to replace Bradshaw.
“He gave us almost 18 years of yeomen service so it saddens us greatly. Mr Bradshaw was one reliable and resourceful person, who was very instrumental in the Barbados Red Cross Society attaining its headquarters at Warrens, St Michael. It would be very difficult to replace [him] and the Barbados and international Red Cross fraternity is deeply moved by his passing,” Waithe said.