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Mourners bid Trelawny custos farewell

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Audrey Barrett (sixth left), widow of Roylan Barrett of Trelawny, among other relatives and friends at the late custos' funeral at the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth on Thursday. - Photo by Richard Morais

FALMOUTH, Trelawny: Headed by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, hundreds of mour-ners packed Falmouth's William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church on Thursday to bid farewell to late Trelawny Custos Roylan Bancroft Barrett.

Long-time friend Justice Clarence Walker, in his tribute, said Barrett's public life was a mosaic of service, as he distinguished himself as an attorney-at-law, justice of the peace, family man, historian, developer, businessman and insurance practitioner.


The Reverend Devere Nugent, who deli-vered the sermon, challenged the society to emulate Barrett's legacy of caring for the most vulnerable.

"We must develop a commitment and a regard for the vulnerable by defending them."

Prime Minister Bruce Golding, whose message was read by Agriculture Minister Christopher Tufton, effusively praised Barrett's dedication to Jamaican society.

"The custos was an exemplar of honour in public service with a legacy worthy of emulation, and a visionary."

Barrett died in Kingston on Friday, January 15 from renal failure days after being hospitalised. He had been ailing for years.