Compelling stories of the life of Kathy-Anne Patricia Kat Trotman were shared today, painting the late attorney-at-law, wife and mother as a strong woman who fought the good fight, both as a lawyer and devoted Christian.
A large crowd, which included Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, members of the local law and justice fraternities, dignitaries, family and friends gathered at the Ebenezer Methodist Church in St Philip to pay their final respects to Kathy-Anne who died on April 5 after a three-year battle with triple negative breast cancer, described as one of the most aggressive forms of the disease.
Powerful words of praise were punctuated by tears, as the story was told of a woman who never allowed the disease to get in the way of her work or her responsibilities at home.
Kathy-Anne had refused to undergo chemotherapy treatment after she was diagnosed back in 2015, preferring to use cannabis instead to ease her pain.
Her husband and legal partner Douglas Trotman, who delivered the eulogy, described Kathy-Anne as his rock, particularly at work.
The two had first met at the supermarket in 2003 while he was pursuing politics “and my pick-up line was that I was looking for women to join the Democratic Labour Party, but that didn’t work”.
They met again at Brandons Beach, and this time his efforts at courting her were more successful.
“There was a better reception, then . . . one thing led to another and we had our first date and our relationship blossomed . . . .We had some issues [in the process] but we got married,” he said.
“Today is the saddest day ever. She was my rock and I was hers. We fought in relation to how we should represent cases. I threw her in at the deep end sometimes and I would come back and see that she had done a good job. She gave freely, she was a fantastic interviewer. Most of the times I had no patience with clients. I had patience with the law, but she dealt with making the situation soft and I would come in and do the rough part, so we made a great team,” the mournful husband said.
Kathy-Anne’s sister Jacqueline King also paid tribute, focusing on her late sister’s sense of style and the pride she took in looking good.
“Kat was a beautiful woman both inside and out and in her youth she had a sharp sense of style. Her hair was her pride and joy and she never left home unless it was in place. Her outfits were statement pieces to say the least. Every bag had to be accompanied by matching shoes and her brand was Land. She was indeed a sharp dresser,” King said.
Her penchant for dressing well notwithstanding, it was Kathy-Anne’s family and faith that took priority, King said.
“She loved her children unconditionally and was always there for her five children. She never did anything without them. She was an excellent mother who catered to the individual needs of all of her children and supported their activities and events even through her health challenges.
“Above her commitment to family, friends and community service Kat was committed to God. Even before her diagnoses Kat embraced and shared her faith and Christianity,” she added.
In her sermon Reverend Arlette Waterman compared Kathy-Anne’s life to that of the apostle Paul who conquered despite challenges in life.
“The words of Paul would have encouraged sister Kathy throughout her life. She was a fighter; she never gave up until her last moments. She fought good for her health. She was not willing to give up easily and continued her fight to keep her children grounded in Christ,” the preacher said.
As her casket was lowered into the ground at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens many were still in disbelief, especially her children who broke down in tears and had to be comforted by family members.