Turn the other cheek
Priest tells children of slain businessman to look the other way
The children of businessman Colin Forde, who was gunned down at his sports bar and lounge on Baxter’s Road earlier this month, have been told by a member of the local priesthood not to seek revenge.
Reverend Reginald Knight pleaded with Raheim, Corey and Shenise during their father’s funeral, held at the St Mary’s Anglican Church this afternoon, not to be bitter, vengeful or cynical.
He told them that they must be strong in the face of despair, though their father died terribly on May 9, after being shot by two men who reportedly attacked him, took his jewelry, and later fled in the direction of the playing field at Passage Road.
The Anglican priest assured the mourners that God was not distant, and that the time would come when all things would be made right and injustices answered with a greater justice, God’s justice.
“Ask for patience and courage in these difficult times. Ask God to help you through the pain. Ask God to help you grow into wise young men and women who will use your intellect and talents to do good, to be a part of a society which engages in respecting and safeguarding life, whose efforts are given to helping others,” he said.
“You are being called upon to be positive role models for others around you. By your labour, demonstrate that we can indeed, hope for a brighter and better tomorrow,” the cleric added.
Reverend Knight acknowledged the large crowd which gathered to bid farewell to the prominent businessman, who was known in his community as a generous giver. He called on the mourners to reflect on life and the fact that “we cannot be satisfied with people seem to have no respect for the value of life”.
He asked the large congregation, which overflowed into the churchyard, to speak out about the violence that has gripped neighbourhoods and The City.
“This is not the Barbados we know. Evil has presented itself to us in the form of greed, selfishness, boldness, jealousy, hate and murder.
“We know that it is light which can overcome darkness, and it is good, which can defeat evil. But we must want to stand in the light and we must be good,” Knight said.
Forde’s cousin Rhonda Robinson, who delivered a glowing tribute during the service, said looking back, what was remarkable was how attentive the businessman was to the plight and needs of others. She also spoke of his extreme love of family, saying he was his happiest around family and friends and doted on his granddaughters Destiny and Shaliyah.
“They say there is a reason, they say that time will heal, but neither time nor reason, will change the way we feel; for no one knows the heartache that lies beyond our smiles, no-one knows how many times we have broken down and cried. I want to tell you something so they won’t be any doubt, my cousin Colin is so wonderful to think of, but he is hard to do without,” Robinson said.
Forde’s body was laid to rest in the churchyard where his father, Colin Forde Sr, is also buried.
At the gravesite, some tearful family members asked why their loved one was taken from them senselessly.