Special tributes were paid today in Parliament for former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) stalwart Joseph Joe Edghill, who was remembered as a “colossus of Christ Church”.
Edghill, who passed away last April 20, at the age of 73, represented the BLP from 1994 to 2008 and was MP for Christ Church West Central.
He also served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.
With several of his family members present including his widow Angela, Edghill was heralded as a man of the people and for the people.
Leader of Government Business Santia Bradshaw said Edghill served his constituency and constituents with distinction.
“What has been the takeaway for me from Joe’s life was his service to the people of Christ Church West Central and that is undeniably what every member that speaks today will recall about him.
“The reality is that regardless of which side of the political divide you may be on, most people who enter politics actually come with a burning desire to serve…Joe understood that he wanted to leave a legacy, which indeed he has gone on to do, because he is remembered as being that individual who got on the ground, who worked with the people, who inspired the people and who made sure that the community programmes were executed well,” Bradshaw said.
Minister of Home Affairs and member of Parliament for Christ Church East, Wilfred Abrahams said Edghill was responsible for the development of many of his young constituents.
He said the former MP was much more than simply a politician.
“He guided generations of young people to honest pursuits in sports, to constructive recreational activities, to recognizing the potential you had within you to maximizing that potential,” Abrahams pointed out.
“He was not an MP alone, he was not simply a politician. He was a father to a community.”
Opposition Leader, Reverend Joseph Atherley said while Edghill was not perceived as one who “loomed large” in the BLP, he was definitely one of its finest members.
“The perception would not be held that he was one of the brightest stars in the firmament of the BLP or perhaps even in Barbados politics because of the measurement that people usually apply.
“When one applies the measurement of genuineness and a whole-hearted sacrificial attempt to serve your community and your country, when that measure is applied then the true value of service is found and realized and I think that can truly be said with reference to Joe Edghill,” Atherley said.
Minister of Housing, Lands and Maintenance, William Duguid described Edghill as “one of his greatest friends” and someone whom every one of his constituents loved dearly. (RB)