Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today headed the list of official dignitaries for the funeral service of late police constable Hazel Linnette Clarke, a former member of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), who died on January 4 at age 54 following a recent illness.
The former Cottage Vale, St George resident was accorded full military honours during a two-hour long solemn funeral service at St Philip Parish Church, at which glowing tribute was paid to Clarke by relatives and friends, including her niece, former junior monarch Tanya Clarke.
The first Bible reading was delivered by Clarke’s sister Jacqueline Leacock and the second by a member of the RBPF.
Accompanied by the music of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, the funeral procession later made its way into the church’s cemetery, where the late police officer, PC1411, was accorded a 21-one-gun salute before the flag and the officer’s accoutrements, including helmet, lapel and bayonet, were presented to the family.
However, the breaking point for family members, who were easily identifiable as they all wore green, came when Clarke’s wooden casket was finally lowered into the ground.
They wept openly as soil was generously poured over her grave and had to be assisted by officers as the finality of the moment seemingly hit home.