DLP members pay tribute to ‘Nard’
MEMBERS OF THE Democratic Labour Party to which Oscar “Nard” Hamblin dedicated his life, paid tribute to “an unshakable Dem” at a funeral service yesterday.
Scores of people representative of various spheres of Hamblin’s life, turned out at Abundant Life Assembly in Bank Hall, St Michael, where the last DLP St Michael North West representative, Chris Sinckler, to have benefited from mentorship of the astute canvasser, was effusive in praise.
Despite the DLP’S and his own crushing defeat at the polls last May, the former minister of finance described the man who taught him the ropes of political campaigning, as “a past master of the acute guerilla warfare”.
In a eulogy lasting more than 45 minutes, Sinckler spoke with passion about “one of the party’s staunchest supporters; an unshakable Dem . . . who rejoiced in its successes and commiserated in its losses”.
Hamblin was “a political general of the Democratic Labour Party, Mr St Michael North West himself”, Sinckler said, while bemoaning the tragic death of the septuagenarian who lost his life in a shooting incident on Marhill Street, Bridgetown, last December 21.
Former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and some members of the last DLP Cabinet were in attendance. Among mouners were former ministers Dr David Estwick and Steve Blackett, Dame Maizie Barker-welch, Reggie Hunte and former general secretary George Pilgrim. Also seated among the DLP contingent was the new Barbados Labour Party MP for St Michael North West, Neil Rowe.
In her tribute, DLP president Verla De Peiza said if ever there was a dedicated foot soldier in the party, it was Hamblin.
The funeral service was conducted by pastors Shane Butcher, Dayle Haynes and Leslie Padmore. The interment took place at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens. (GC)
FORMER PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart (right, front row) and president Verla De Peiza (next to him) among other members at Oscar “Nard” Hamblin’s funeral service yesterday. In the second row are Dr David Estwick, and next to him is Dame Maizie Barker-welch.
FORMER MINISTER of Finance and St Michael North West MP Chris Sinckler delivering the eulogy.