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Heart-felt tributes for Bunny Rugs farewell

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Rasheed Clark (left), son of William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, is greeted by reggae singer Tony Gregory (centre) and saxophonist Dean Fraser during yesterday’s funeral for the Third World singer at Holy Trinity Cathedral Church in Kingston. - RUDOLPH BROWN/ PHOTOGRAPHER

Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter

In a celebrant occasion on Monday, family, friends and well-wishers remembered the late Third World lead singer, William Alexander Anthony Clark, popularly called 'Bunny Rugs'.

Clark was remembered for his humour and music at a memorial service at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Kingston.

Following musical tributes from Karen Smith, Carlene Davis, Chevaughn, Monty, Nadine Sutherland, Andrew Lawrence and Ken Boothe, tributes were read.

In his tribute, read by Joan Young Davis, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson said Bunny Rugs' voice was Third World's distinctive signature.

The Opposition spokesperson on culture, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange also spoke highly of the late singer.

"He was an artiste extraordinaire. We can take comfort in the knowledge that Bunny Rugs' legacy will not die," she said.

'Bunny Rugs', who died on February 2, was 65 years old.

Throughout his musical journey, he was part of Bunny & Ricky with Ricky Grant, Inner Circle, Hugh Hendricks and the Buccaneers, and the Bluegrass Experience, before finding success as part of the Third World Band.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, shared her memories of 'Bunny Rugs' recalling that Third World's album was the first album she ever bought.

"I am sad that our dear brother Bunny Rugs has passed, but I am proud of the rich legacy he has left us," she said, noting that he also inspired her love for berets and other hats.

His wife, Bouvier Clark, and daughters, Alexandria and Adrianna, rounded out the tributes with heart-felt words.

His daughters said 'Bunny Rugs' always made the time for his family and made them feel special.

"The love he has given me in these 24 years is enough to last this lifetime and the next," Alexandria said.

Describing herself as selfish for not wanting him to die when she found out that her husband had cancer, Bouvier spoke at lengths about her husband's struggle with the disease that he discovered fewer than two years ago.

Despite being gravely ill, she said he remained positive and continued to entertain those around him with his humour.

"To the end it was he and I," she said, while tears fell from Adrianna's eyes.

But there was more from his Third World family; Stephen 'Cat' Coore, Michael 'Ibo' Cooper and Richard 'Bassie' Daley; who spoke mostly of his ability to make people laugh.

They also spoke at lengths about their experiences on the road together and the wonderful memories that were made.