Scores pay homage to Sir Frederick
The short trip today from the Belmont Funeral Home on Belmont Road, St Michael to the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) on George Street, St Michael will be the last one the late Sir Frederick Smith will make to the location he frequented during his long and distinguished political career.
Sir Frederick would have experienced some of the happiest times during his political career there, celebrating DLP victories; and he would have faced the most devastating losses, consoling the party faithful.
He would also have gripped many an audience there as he delivered scintillating DLP lunchtime lectures.
However, the mood was much different during today’s final visit to the George Street Auditorium, the atmosphere one of sadness as close relatives, friends and party members turned up to pay their last respects to one of Barbados’ outstanding sons, whose body lay in state at the place his party calls home.
Among those there to pay their last respects were his daughter Astrid Breedy; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim; party members and a contingent from the Frederick Smith Secondary School, which included Deputy Principal Clyde Collymore, staff and students.
A book of condolence opened by the school on the day of Sir Frederick’s passing was later presented to Breedy, and Collymore told Barbados TODAY that the Smith family had suggested that in lieu of wreaths, a collection should be made for a special project to enhance teaching and learning at the school.
Sir Frederick who died on July 11, aged 92, was Barbados’ first post independence Attorney General and a founding member of the 61-year-old DLP, of which he was the first chairman.
In an equally distinguished legal career he served as an Appeals Court Judge in Barbados; Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands; President of the Court of Appeal of Grenada and Assistant Attorney General of the Cameroons.
During his political career, which spanned over five decades, Sir Frederick represented the constituencies of St Andrew and St Michael South Central and also briefly served as Leader of the Opposition when the late Right Excellent Errol Barrow went on a sabbatical.
Sir Frederick has been accorded an official funeral, which is scheduled to be held at the James Street Methodist Church at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a private burial.