Perry’s death comes as a surprise
The death of veteran trade unionist Phil Perry has “floored” the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU).
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)