Tears flowed freely this afternoon at the Westbury Chapel, as family and friends said goodbye to publisher and outspoken Barbados tourism advocate, Robert Adolph Pitcher.
The founder or Fun ‘N’ Sun Publishing, who was as passionate about Barbados’ tourism as he was critical of regional airline LIAT, was laid to rest at Westbury Cemetery, following an intimate ceremony.
Delivering the eulogy, Pitcher’s niece, Vanessa Chambers, described her uncle as a multifaceted man who had a deep love for family and country. She also revealed that her uncle was a man who held high ideals and standards for professionalism.
“The word that probably best describes him is dynamic. There was a lot to him. He was an entrepreneur, he knew how to have a good time and throw a great party, he made so many friends wherever he went, and he was a professional with high standards for business and service. If that service wasn’t up to his standard, be sure he would let the poor souls know,” Chambers said.
She also reminisced on Pitcher’s passion for tourism, as well as his love for hosting social events, which continued even when he was no longer able to freely move around.
“He was also known as the minister of tourism for Barbados amongst those close to him. He would always ensure he greeted every visitor at the airport, as well as see him or her off. Even after his mobility was reduced, he never lost that love of a good get together and desire to share the love of his country,” she said.
A number of dignitaries attended today’s send-off, including Member of Parliament for Christ Church South Ralph Thorne.
Thorne told Barbados TODAY his relationship with Pitcher, who was one of his constituents, started out as a political acquaintance but blossomed into a personal friendship because of the businessman’s embracing nature.
“It was because of his congenial nature that what started out as a political relationship made a very quick and speedy transition to a personal friendship, and I used to visit his house at the several parties he held. He related to people of all background and I had no idea that he was close to 80 because he had the spirit of a young man, and he will be missed very much,” Thorne said.
Cannon Joseph Hennis officiated over the thanksgiving ceremony, and he described Pitcher as a God-fearing man.
The businessman, who was affectionately known as Bobby, died last Thursday at the age of 78. For more than three decades he worked in the advertising and publishing industries.
Last August, Pitcher, a diabetic, had his lower leg amputated. Friends and family described Pitcher as a devoted friend who lived his life to the fullest. He leaves to mourn his wife, Juliet, and other relatives.