The Barbados Red Cross Society on Saturday solemnly bade farewell to one of its stalwart philanthropist and kindred souls, Edmund Errol Bradshaw, at the Abundant Life Assembly Church in Bank Hall St Michael.
The former board member of the Young Men’s Christian Association was a given a dignified funeral, with Governor General Dame Sandra Mason and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson in attendance.
Members of the Barbados Boys Scouts Association, the Antigua Red Cross Society and the Barbados Rotary Club South were also in attendance.
Bradshaw was a familiar face in the Caribbean for organizing numerous public appeals for the victims of floods, hurricanes and earthquakes while holding the post of Director of the Barbados Red Cross Society.
He also held posts at the Prison After Care Committee, Barbados Boys Scouts Association and the Barbados Table Tennis Association. He acted as a freelance journalist for international media, and was the author of the first historical book written on the first 150 years of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Delivering the eulogy, Thomas Harris stated that Bradshaw “embarked on a life of simplicity, humility, humbleness, charity, kindness and generosity”.
“He describes Barbadians as God’s most caring and loving people on earth and he sang his praises for the volunteers of Barbados Red Cross Society at home and aboard,” Harris recalled.
Harris remembered Bradshaw’s tendency to be a prankster and his love for bingo, horse racing and watching international boxing matches.
“His favourite day seemed to April Fools Day and took great delight in trying his usual tricks. They never worked . . . with me but it was consistent. That simple innocence and fun never left him,” Harris commented while reflecting on Bradshaw’s interest in magic and theatre.
Describing Bradshaw’s gift of gab and his expansive vocabulary, Harris added, “he loved writing and revelled in the idea of using words that forced you to engage the services of a dictionary”.
As he fondly recalled Bradshaw’s larger than life personality and his mischievousness, Harris described Bradshaw as “the epitome of confidentiality, genuineness, sincerity and patience”.
“He knew how to make friends. He was honest, trustworthy and most importantly sincere in everything he did for his friends. Edmund was . . . an unassuming man who valued his friends, valued his work, valued relationships and knew how to build them and maintain them,” he added.