Chad’s final farewell

A moderate crowd turned up at the St Luke’s Anglican Church in St George Wednesday for the funeral service and burial of Chad Butcher, who became the country’s 13th road fatality on March 21.

The 20-year-old Waverley Cot resident had lost control of the car he was driving and it struck the wall at the National Sports Council in My Lords Hill, St Michael, and subsequently succumbed to his injuries at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Chad’s mother Sherry Butcher and uncle David Walrond

When Barbados TODAY arrived for the service around 3 p.m. Wednesday, a smattering of people had assembled at the entrance of the church.

Close family members were there early to witness the arrival of the casket bearing the young man’s remains, including Chad’s mother Sherry Butcher, who seemed quite composed, his uncle David Walrond, aunt Valarie Butcher, grandfather Ellert Lovell, uncle Dwane Husbands and cousin Shawnica Butcher.

Chad’s cousin Shawnica Butcher pins a button on Chad’s light green shirt.

The only family member who showed any emotion was Chad’s cousin Thea Butcher, who broke down in tears after reading a self-penned poem in tribute to the deceased youth.

During the ceremony, Husbands, the first winner of the Digicel Rising Stars competition, thrilled the congregation with a beautiful rendition of Edwin Yearwood’s, Life Goes On.

Dwane Husbands was in good voice Wednesday at his nephew’s funeral service.

Another glaring break with tradition was the almost ubiquitous presence of light green apparel – light green was Chad’s favourite colour – worn by mourners.

Among those attending the funeral service were Magistrate Douglas Fredericks, Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland and Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo.  (NC)

5 Responses to Chad’s final farewell

  1. Biscuits April 5, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Never quite understood why the number of folks who attend a funeral is often mentioned. A smattering…moderate crowd…a good turnout…full to capacity…does not define the dearly departed’s life. Indeed you could have a hundred mourners attend a funeral and only twenty truly cared about the individual, while there may be only fifty persons in attendance at another and all are devastated at the loss. R.I.P young man.

  2. Destiny April 6, 2017 at 10:52 am

    What has this to do with the deceased ? Was it a concert or Reggae on the Hill that the numbers mattered .This is uncalled for reporting .By the way did the camera persons and reporters have nothing else to cover? This piece is distasteful

  3. Mrs Donald Trump April 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    If he had died from Aids, shot or committed suicide the church would be full to capacity. Barbadians love drama. Rest in peace young man. I wish that when my time comes I can send out invitations to my funeral. I do not want a church full of people who never cared for me in attendance.

  4. Bevan Green April 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    So sad. Condolences to the family

  5. Karen April 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Poor reporting why did the number of mourners seem to matter or the color apparel worn or who were in attendance… Please Barbados Today you are welcomed to visit St. Luke’s Anglican church again, this time in worship a Sunday 6:30 AM or 8:30 AM and print the sermon by Rev Davidson Bowen. It will be well worth listening to and printing.
    RIP Chad


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