DLP mem­bers pay trib­ute to ‘Nard’

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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)

(Pic­tures by Gercine Carter.)

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.

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