Senators today paid tribute to its former President, publisher Sir Fred Gollop, four months after his death.
At the beginning of today’s sitting, members of the Upper House took the first hour to remember Sir Fred for his contribution to the Senate, the law profession and journalism.
Sir Fred, who was one of the longest-serving Senate Presidents, having served 14 years, from 1994 to 2008 during the Labour Party Government.
Sir Fred, co-founder in 1973 of the Nation newspaper and chairman of the Nation Corporation, died on June 20.
Prior to calling for a moment of silence in honour of an alumnus of The Lodge School, fellow old scholar, Senate President Sir Richard Cheltenham, urged the University of the West Indies to do biographical studies on Barbadians who have made a significant contribution to the island’s development over the past 50 years.
“We are all proud of the University of the West Indies and applaud the huge reputation which it has acquired,” said Sir Richard in an apparent reference to the university’s recent placement among the top five per cent universities worldwide in the 2019 Times Higher Education survey.
“But I would like to see the History and Political Science Departments embark on biographical studies, in which case Sir Fred would no doubt be an appropriate subject of study. He is one of a group of Barbadians who has made a large contribution to post-independence Barbados,” said Sir Richard.
He described Sir Fred as a team player who was full of ideas and prepared to lend his energy to working in the background for those interested in political campaigns.
In 1997, Sir Fred was awarded Barbados’ highest honour, Knight of St Andrew.
A man of integrity, kindness and sincerity, quiet, humble, unassuming, efficient, generous, dignified, fair and gentle was how senators described the former solicitor.
Trade unionist, Senator Toni Moore, who admitted to not knowing Sir Fred as well as other senators did, said she knew him to be hardworking, and she believed Barbadians could learn from his examples.
“What we have are the lessons that we can learn from his life and a legacy of vision, humanity, of religion and of hard work that we can all work from, embrace and uphold,” she said.
“On behalf of the executive council of the Barbados Workers’ Union I therefore extend our condolences within these walls and I pray God’s blessings on you as you continue to reflect and as we all endeavour to learn from this outstanding craftsman of our fate,” said Moore.