Final rest

Modest sendoff for homeless woman who was killed on Valentine’s Day

There was no list of official dignitaries, no glowing tributes, no eulogy;  just a small gathering at the St Ambrose Anglican Church on Cypress Street, St Michael this afternoon paying their final respects to 73-year-old Shirley Rogers, who was killed on Valentine’s Day.

The lifeless body of the homeless woman was discovered on February 14 at a bus shed opposite the fisheries complex on Princess Alice Highway, which she had made her home for the past three years.

The late Shirley Rogers

Police have since arrested and charged 43-year-old Sean Christopher Inniss in connection with her untimely death.

Today, as her brown mahogany casket was ushered out of the church, family members and friends simply could not hold back the tears as they recalled her recent struggles and ultimate unfortunate demise.

Earlier, Reverend Clive Thomas based his sermon on the biblical story of Job, while suggesting that like him Rogers was able to rely on her faith in God in the midst of trials and tribulation.

Reverand Clive Thomas presiding over the funeral service of the late Shirley Rogers.

“Despite the journey that Shirley travelled in the last couple of stages of her life where there were difficult moments, I believe that she understood God was always by her side,” the church leader said, adding that “despite the tragic nature of her passing we must hold on to the words of the Psalms, ‘righteous in the sight of God is the death of his servant’”.

Before turning to a life on the streets, Rogers was a regular worshipper at St Ambrose with her husband, Lionel, who predeceased her. He was a former sexton at the church and today, while speaking of Rogers’ strong foundation in the church, Thomas made reference to the fact that a grey plaque still hangs in honour of her husband’s memory.

“I believe that in the midst of Shirley’s journeys and the hard times of her life that the foundation that she would have received from the church would have planted faith in her to have belief,” he stressed, while asking: “Who are we to judge? We look at the outward appearance, we look at what we can physically see and we judge persons based on the outside, but God sees and knows the heart.

“Let us pray to God that her life would have found favour in his sight. Let us pray that whatever failures that she would have dealt with, whatever mistakes she would have made, that grace and mercy would be remembered in the blood Jesus shared on Calvary for people just like Shirley and he would grant her his forgiveness.”

Thomas also encouraged members of the congregation to put their trust in God no matter their lot in life.

“God never gives us more than we can bear. Life isn’t over. As long as there is life, there is hope. We have to continue to believe and trust in Him,” he said before making a direct appeal to members of Rogers’ family.

“I am saying this to you especially. Trust God despite all you had to cope with during the last year-and-a-half. Walk with God and he will walk with you. He will be the light of your path and the strength of your life. God will renew your strength. When you think it is all over and you can take no more, he will take care of you. You will stand on the strength of the Almighty God. Let us understand that the only way we can live in the midst of this difficulty is if we go with God.”

Loved ones ushering Shirley Rogers’ casket
out of the church.

Immediately following the solemn funeral service, Rogers’ body was interred at the Westbury cemetery, where a single wreath sits at the head of her grave.

22 Responses to Final rest

  1. Betty charles March 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Where were the members and Reverend of the church when she was alive and living on the streets… Damn hypocrites

    • Lil Pigeon March 7, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      I am here asking the same question. Where were her relatives that now crying. How can you allow an old lady to languish on the streets and now can find money to purchase a mahogany casket? The money should have been spent on her when she was alive.

      Sick of this nonsense.

  2. adeanna March 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Why wait until one cannot hear or see the what is being said or done. Why wait until some is a dead to give them so much g[ory and they can not say shut you, are liars when she was hungry no one gave her anything to eat. No visit her, when she was alone.This like giving someone who does not any teeth “nuts” in abundance

  3. Ossie Moore March 8, 2018 at 12:36 am

    buhbados _ barbados is full of them . . . . . ..HYPOCRITES

  4. Berestford Leon Phillips March 8, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Poor Shirley
    She asked for help and nobody helped her
    She asked the DLP Representative for the city for help and none came.
    She had to live on the streets as no one helped her while she was alive now she dead them give she a brown mahogany casket
    How SAD
    RIP Shirley

    • oldgirl wahid March 8, 2018 at 1:59 am

      It is sad what some of u r saying while it may be true that she did not get the help she sought from certain people.But it not true that no one helped her many people looked out for her icluding the folkes at the fishing complex and her son who she once lived with but when people get set in their ways what can u do let her rest in peace and let her family grieveow they feel like

    • Andres Cox March 8, 2018 at 4:31 am

      She asked the DLP representative for help how do you know this if this is true you are the hypocrite then why you did not lend assistance to her you are nothing more that a political mouth piece.

  5. oldgirl wahid March 8, 2018 at 1:20 am

    These comments are not fare on shirley family please don’t throw stones you don’t know the story just let them be

  6. Tony Webster March 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I said a little prayer for this poor woman, when I learnt of her passing. She will rise again, in glory. Those presumed kith and kin, who abandoned her in life, and in death, will as surely get their “just rewards”, just as God uplifts the meek, and the mild.

    Blessings on her.

  7. gsmiley March 8, 2018 at 7:04 am

    How do any of you know that no help was offered either from family, friends or the church?

    How do you know if Ms. Rogers rejected?

    Typical Bajans. No evidence but know everybody’s business.

    • Ernesta Catlyn March 8, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Thanks gsmiley. How we love to judge and condemn and speak ill of without knowing the facts. It is lent – get thee behind me, Satan.

    • Rechelle March 8, 2018 at 9:14 am

      I agree.

      • Ric March 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm

        Thank you gsmiley. At least there’s someone who thinks rationally. Often times help is offered and is refused because of psychological problems. None of us know exactly what happened in this situation. And to the comments about the mahogany casket. If those readers would’ve taken the time to look at the pictures accompanying the article, they would’ve seen what the uninformed reporter called a mahogany casket. It made me remember something my sister told me years ago … Barbados have no journalists only reporters and they do not even do a good job at reporting. This is a classic example

    • Berestford Leon Phillips March 9, 2018 at 10:37 am

      July 31, 2010

      Rogers said she had spoken to her constituency representative Patrick Todd, who advised her to go to the National Housing Corporation but she had no money to purchase a house.“It hard pon me. I living pon the streets and I does sleep in the market and in bathrooms, and that ain’t nice. I need a house,” she pleaded.

  8. Jenny March 8, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Rest well” shirley.j

  9. Jenny March 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Rest well shirley

  10. allison archer March 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    This sermon is heresy, when that final breath has been exhale judgment is set, it is written it is appointed unto men once to die but after the judgment
    No more praying for forgiveness for those who died in/ without sin
    Requesting those conducting burials to stop giving false hope to the masses that their souls will be saved when leaving earth
    Be bless people

  11. d-coolie-man March 8, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    gsmiley..I don’t know if you rendered assistance to the poor old lady….but may I ask…did you !??!!!

    • gsmiley March 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      coolie I was asking questions and trying not to assume anything like most Bajans do.

      I hope that I answered your question which was really a foolish one.

      And it is said that they are no foolish questions.

      I wonder.

  12. jrsmith March 9, 2018 at 7:03 am

    I would say their is many people in Barbados who is sharing the same type of life pattern , no amount of bible whacking , praying or rubbish talk can compensate for action real physical action , to help people as like her to show who really care……………..

  13. Donild Trimp March 9, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Before turning to a life on the streets, Rogers was a regular worshipper at St Ambrose with her husband, Lionel, who predeceased her. He was a former sexton at the church ——— Thomas made reference to the fact that a grey plaque still hangs in honour of her husband’s memory.

    What a bunch of hypocrites you all are. You all have no shame.

    With such strong connection to this Church, you hypocrites turned a blind eye to this poor woman’s plight allowing her to languish on the streets like an animal.


  14. greg r March 13, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Why comment on things like this.Do any of you know if she was ever offered help?what if she refused.then shut up .none of you here knows this woman.Always remember,what ain’t meet you ain’t pass you.


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