Perry’s death comes as a surprise

The death of veteran trade unionist Phil Perry has “floored” the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU).

Phil Perry
Phil Perry

Perry, a former English teacher and department head at The Alexandra School died suddenly at his St James home this morning.

“He will be sorely and sadly missed because he was someone that you could always go to for counsel, for guidance and for an opinion,” BSTU President Mary Redman said.

In a glowing tribute she also described him as a committed trade unionist and caring individual.

“He took his trade union responsibilities very seriously and fought for the rights of educators and persons involved in education.

“Phil was always a gentleman. He had gentlemanly character, he had a ready wit, he had a very good sense of humour. He was a very caring, personable, approachable person, very well liked and he lived and breathed trade unionism,” Redman told Barbados TODAY.

Perry, a past president of the BSTU and the BSTU credit union, retired from the teaching service over a decade ago.  He was also an active member in the ruling Democratic Labour Party.

He leaves to mourn his wife and children. (FW)

8 Responses to Perry’s death comes as a surprise

  1. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar November 20, 2015 at 5:20 am


  2. Miche November 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The bible tells os that the wages of sin is death! It continues ,that we have all sinned,and as such cannot escape that dreaded moment,so why should his,or any death,come as a surprise?

  3. Angela Fergusson November 20, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Mr. Perry you will be missed. Rest in peace Sir!

  4. Wendy Barrow-Smith November 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Condolences to the Perry family

  5. Daynuhlee November 20, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Rip Mr Perry. You were a gem.
    My thoughts n prayers are with Mrs Perry and your family.

  6. Hal November 20, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Mr. Perry played a vital role in sculpting me and many others who attend Alexandra School. You shall surely be missed Sir. May you rest in peace and rise in Glory.

  7. Azana November 20, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    RIP Uncle Phil

  8. Tony Waterman November 21, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I knew Mr. Perry From School, he entered The University of Waterford, with me at The Garrison, in those days we all knew him as Alvin Perry, i lost track of him for a while because of the name Change.
    I am sure that unlike “Miche” all of our Alumni will miss him.
    Rest in peace my dear friend, and may you rise again in Glory with the Angels
    Up and On, my FRIEND, Up and On.

    Foes in plenty we shall meet
    Hearts courageous scorn defeat
    So we press with eager feet
    Up and on, up and on.
    Ever upward to the fight
    Ever upward to the light
    Ever true to God and Right
    Up and on, up and on.

    Requiescat in pace (Pake)


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