Final rest

Late police officer set very high standards for himself

Straight forward, articulate and disciplined!

Beulah Greenidge, mother of the late Wallace Greenidge (inset), wraps her hand around his sister’s neck as she is consoled by family and friends just after his casket was taken from the church.

That’s how the sisters of late Wallace Greenidge today fondly remembered their deceased brother, following his tragic death last month.

Greenidge and his 49-year-old friend Kenmore Mayers were fishing when they disappeared from the sea rocks off the Animal Flower Cave, St Lucy sometime after 11 p.m. on Friday, November 10.

Two days later the body of the 38-year-old police constable was retrieved from the choppy waters close by by members of the Barbados Coast Guard. However, the body of his companion is yet to found.

With of the unexplained tragedy still playing on everyone’s minds, a sense of solemnity filled the air in the Western Light Church of the Nazarene in Oxnards, St James this afternoon as family members and friends came together with members of the high command, including Acting Commissioner of Police Oral Williams, as well as several rank and file officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to say a final farewell to Greenidge, who funeral service was also well attended by members of the Boy Scouts movement and students of his alma mater, The Alexandra School, despite heavy rains.

Decked out in his favourite colours of red and black, his sisters Ashley and Charlene said Greenidge was always “well put together”, and though his shoes could not be seen from within his flag-draped casket today, those who knew him best suggested that they would have been “spotless” if Greenidge had any say in the matter.

“His style of dress encapsulated the young man that he was; always well put together, pants at the waist, shoes spotless and he could regularly be seen showing off his dapper style with his classy taste in Fedoras,” the siblings said of their deceased brother, who was more commonly referred to at home as Hayden, which was his middle name.

In general, Greenidge always set very high standards for himself and those around him.

In fact, one of his favourite sayings was, “the Lord gave you a brain, use it,” his sisters recalled, drawing laughter from the otherwise sombre congregation.

Another was “yuh rest when you dead”, which might explain why one of the last ideas he broached with Rev. Dr Nigel Taylor, a mere two days before he disappeared off the sea rocks, appeared as though it came straight out of “a sci-fi movie”.

Taylor, who knew Greenidge from the time he was very young, described him as a very progressive person who wanted everything, including becoming the District Scout Commissioner.

“Even though he was experimental at times, he was committed to the Lordship of Christ,” Taylor added in reference to Greenidge, who pursued a degree in theology and had completed certifications for scoutmaster.

With his life cut short, the police officer never got to reach the heights that he had always dreamed of, but as his casket was wheeled out of the church this evening, with an armed guard of honour stationed at both sides of the door, there was nothing short of honour and glory for this fallen Christian soldier.

Pallbearers marching in slow time as they accompany Wallace Greenidge’s body out of the church.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

4 Responses to Final rest

  1. Muriel Phillips
    Muriel Phillips December 5, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Sad may he Rest In Peace

    Reply
  2. BlossomsBrownies Gordon Greenidge Primary
    BlossomsBrownies Gordon Greenidge Primary December 5, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    A wonderful farewell to one who gave so generously of his time. We continue to miss your humor and presence.

    Reply
  3. milli watt December 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    RIP…………until

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  4. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte December 5, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Oh man…so sad!!!

    Reply

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