Farewell to a ‘Harry’
Mourners packed the Abundant Life Assembly hall and spilled out into the Bank Hall, St. Michael churchyard today as they paid their last respects to the late, retired police detective sergeant Robert Daniel.
Daniel, 62, died on July 8 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after suffering a stroke on July 5.
An audience that included Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, retired police commissioner Grantley Watson, retired deputy commissioners Bertie Hinds and Keith Whittaker, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Minister of Agriculture Dr. David Estwick, paid rapt attention as Daniel’s brother Reverend Dr. Trevor Daniel eulogised his younger sibling.
He gave several anecdotes of Daniel through the years from a boy into manhood, quoting from Shakespeare’s As You Like It as he proceeded through his “baby brother’s” formative years. He spoke of Daniel’s love and commitment to his family, his commitment to the Royal Barbados Police Force, noting that he never envisaged his younger brother ever becoming a policeman.
The cleric gave one amusing scenario of an individual who came one day to his home and threatened to kill him, only to return the next day with an apology while adding he was unaware he was “Dirty Harry’s” brother, as Daniel was affectionately called.
Daniel said he was glad that his brother had not lingered around in sickness and that his end had come swiftly. He praised the relationship which Daniel had with wife Portia and noted she loved his brother greatly. To applause from mourners Daniel thanked her for being a very good wife to his brother.
During his sermon, close friend Reverend Enric Connolly recalled the relationship which he had with Daniel and noted that one of the most pleasing developments in Daniel’s life was his acceptance of God as his saviour and his baptism last year. He spoke of being a part of the Daniel household for decades and described the late police officer and small businessman as a remarkable man.
Connolly said there was nothing more thrilling in life than a person’s transition from sin into a relationship with God. He described Daniel as an individual who had a softness and caring nature beneath his toughness.
During the ceremony many paid tributes to Daniel, most of them boyhood friends from Brereton, St. Philip where he was born and resided throughout his life. Retired Inspector Hartley Reid, speaking on behalf of the Modern School Old Scholars Association, described Daniel as a “larger than life” individual who would never be forgotten.
Daniel joined the Royal Barbados Police Force in 1971 and spent more than 20 years in the organisation before retiring on medical grounds. He worked on several major investigations across Barbados, including the murder of Cyril Sisnett at Francia Plantation that led to arrest and conviction of Winston Hall, Peter Bradshaw and David Oliver. (WG)