‘Modern-day Moses’ sheltered six in Grenfell Tower
A “HERO” grandfather sheltered six people in his top-floor flat in Grenfell Tower on the night it was destroyed by fire, an inquiry has heard.
Raymond “Moses” Bernard gave refuge to families trying to escape the inferno as it consumed the block, offering them his bed while he sat on the floor.
His family gave a tearful tribute to the 63-year-old, who died with his dog Marley, during the final day of commemoration hearings at the public inquiry into the disaster.
Moving to London from Trinidad in 1969, Mr Bernard became an electrician and worked at historic sites including the Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace.
He had lived in Grenfell Tower for more than 30 years,
Yesterday, his sister Bernadette Bernard, fighting back tears, said the biblical connotations of the affectionate nickname Moses – who led the Israelites through the parted Red Sea to safety – was apt.
“My beloved Ray was my modernday Moses, my hero,” she said. “Ray always had a smile on his face. He knew how to love without expecting anything in return.
“This shows the respect he gave to those who lost their lives that night and we know that he would have given comfort to each of them before they took their last breaths and departed this world.
“Ray being a man and the strongest he was probably the last to die.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was among those in the audience following criticism that politicians had been largely absent from the process. The tributes are taking place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington ahead of formal evidence hearings next week.