Businessman Vincent Layne laid to rest
The body of prominent businessman and talk show contributor Vincent Henry Layne was laid to rest at Bushy Park cemetery today.
His wife Sandra, mother Pearl, and other family members wept openly as his polished casket was lowered into the grave, with mourners singing hymns in the background.
Layne’s body was discovered in his car last week, parked on a cart road, one day after he went missing.
Gravedigger Lester-Hoyte, who may have been the last person to see and talk to the former Farm Road, St Philip resident, fought back the tears as he covered the grave.
Stopping occasionally to wipe the sweat from his face, it was clear that Hoyte was also saying goodbye to a friend.
Layne’s burial followed a reflective service of praise and thanksgiving to celebrate his life at Dunamis Outreach Ministries, St David’s, Christ Church.
The church was packed as scores, including Member of Parliament for St Philip West Dr David Estwick, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean turned out to pay their last respects to the man who touched many lives across the country.
Layne, the owner of Neil-Kirt farms, was described as a “genius” born in Barbados. He was remembered as someone who had the nation’s best interest at heart and made outstanding contributions to his community through a number of innovations over the years.
Family member Janis Marville told the congregation that Layne loved deeply and was completely devoted to his family.
She noted that while the community may have considered him a public figure, his family knew him as a private but generous individual who went out of his way to share with others, even giving his last to those in need at times.
She also recalled Layne’s contribution to the production of top quality, black belly sheep, and the fact that many schools in Barbados were furnished with the benches and desks he built.
“We the family mourn Vincent’s death, and we will weep his passing, but we will do so thanking God for having loaned him to us for 66 years.
“We thank God for the contributions that he has made, the value that he added and the love that he shared during his life,” she said.
Listeners and hosts of Voice of Barbados’ call-in programme, Down to Brass Tacks, also mourned the passing of Layne, who was a regular contributor to the programme.
Meanwhile, Reverend McAthin Hinds who delivered the sermon, told mourners that while Layne was the first to inform people that he was not a perfect person, there were many lessons to be learnt from his life.
Rev. Hinds pointed to Layne’s love and commitment for family, which he said was an indication that Barbadian males were still capable of loving deeply and passionately.
It was not Rev. Hinds’ first time joining the family in their moment of grief. He also buried Layne’s sons who drowned 20 years ago in the muddy waters of a large pond on the property where Layne’s Farm Road home is located.
He declared to the congregation that “Vincent’s life also tells us that the Barbadian male can suffer in silence.”
The Reverend, who baptized Layne in the 90’s, said weeks before his friend died, he paid an unexpected visit to his home.
He said he observed then, that “the creative genius” had grown spiritually, from the uplifting conversation they had.
“The parish of St Philip says goodbye to a true community minded person. The Brass Tacks family says goodbye to someone whose contribution has been thought-provoking and stimulating.
“We trust that the life that Vincent lived, would have spoken volumes and God, by his grace will strengthen all of us,” Hinds said.
Layne was buried next to his sons Neil and Kirt at Bushy Park cemetery.