Lady Springer: anchor and support . . .
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave headed a list of dignitaries at the St Mary’s Anglican Church in Lower Broad Street, The City, today to bid farewell to Dorothy Lady Springer, wife of National Hero and former Governor General Sir Hugh Springer.
And among the dignitaries were Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, members of the Cabinet, Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley and other members of both Houses of Parliament.
Reading a moving tribute to Lady Springer, written by her son Stephen who was unable to attend today’s funeral service, family friend David Barrow, son of National Hero Errol Barrow, described his parents, marriage as “a partnership of fire and ice”.
Stephen however said that neither of them was that extreme, pointing out that they were very different in temperament and nature, a fact that was their strength.
He said his mother’s devotion to his father and that unwavering support were what had enabled him to move and relocate his family from Barbados to Jamaica and back to Barbados, while continuing to forge a notable life that they could continue to celebrate and honour over the past 21 years since
he had died.
Stephen wrote: “Theirs was a partnership built on a contract to be there for each other until death do them part. She had the confidence and grace to accept the naming
of their only daughter after his university sweetheart.”
He recalled that his late mother had a passion for classical music, a love for lawn tennis and cricket, and pointed out that she had a close relationship with Frank Worrell’s 1963 team to England.
Stephen further recalled that she had a love for children, and said that on many occasions she welcomed in her home as many as 27 children, the children of her friends.
In an equally moving tribute, Mottley told the congregation that anyone who understood Aunt Dolly, as she was familiarly known, would be aware she was “the anchor of the family and that around her everything revolved”.
The Opposition Leader pointed out that at the tender age of under 30, she undertook this role while her husband was already a Member of Parliament and was the first general secretary of the fledgling Barbados Workers’ Union.
Noting that Sir Hugh Springer is one of Barbados’ National Heroes, the St Michael North-East MP lamented the fact that most people thought of what he did, but never reflected on what allowed him to make those contributions.
Stressing the critical importance of a stable household in the life of high-profile persons, Mottley noted that most people could not achieve if their personal lives were in turmoil.
Rector of the church, Reverend Dr Von Watson, conducted the hour-long service, assisted by Dean Emeritus Harold Crichlow and Bishop of Barbados and Archbishop
of the West Indies Dr John Holder.
Lady Springer’s mortal remains were interred in the churchyard of St Michael’s Cathedral in the presence of family members, close friends and Government officials.