Cultural icon Andrea Gollop-Greenidge who for many generations captured the attention of thousands as she brought all things Bajan to the stage, took her final applause today.
This afternoon, Prime Minister Mia Mottley a close family friend, joined family and scores of friends, including members of the media and entertainment industries, at the St David’s Anglican Church to celebrate the life and contribution of the 74-year-old Gollop-Greenidge.
Her portrait adorned the closed casket as those filing past captured a glimpse of the woman who brought so much laughter to Barbadians.
And while there was no eulogy, a touching poem about life was read by Ian Walcott-Skinner and Canon Noel Burke remembered the actress as a talented child of God who brought joy and laughter to “our hearts”.
“It is through her theatre arts, through her performances, both live and on radio, she would have brought joy and laughter to our hearts. She was proud and epitomized the essence and spirit of what it means to be Bajan, of being Barbadian through her works of art along with others in the field.
“Even when she was scolding someone, she did it in a way that would eventually bring a smile to the face,” he recalled.
“We cannot help but stop and listen when we hear those performances on the radio, even now.
“She made us all pleased with her work. Those in the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) remember her for strictness for protocol, which is something that we need to pay particular attention,” the priest said.
Canon Burke also told the congregation that he believed Gollop-Greenidge would have made a dramatic entrance into Heaven. He told the gathering that as they reflect on the actress’ work, they must also think about how much our society needs more joy and laughter urging that the violence and negativity that exist in society be replaced with these.
“We must seek to recapture those aspects of Barbadian life that our departed sister was seeking to [capture]. Sometimes we take each other too serious,” he said.
Prime Minister Mottley, who greeted and offered condolences to Gollop-Greenidge’s relatives had released a statement at her passing which recalled her friend’s her passion for Barbadian theatre that was matched by only a few.
Andrea’s voice may have been best known in the work of acclaimed broadcaster and writer, Jeanette Layne-Clarke and especially in the trio Gwennie, Hushfield and Dora in “Dumplings in De Stew”.
Gollop-Greenidge was honored by Queen Elizabeth with an Order of the British Empire in 2010, for her services to the performing arts in Barbados.
She was the daughter of the late Sir Clyde and Undine Lady Gollop.
Her remains are to be cremated.