Tuesday 24th May, 2005

 

Midnight Robber laid to rest

 
 
 
 
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A sombre Felix Edinborough, dressed as pierrot grenade, bows his head during the funeral service for his friend, renowned Midnight Robber Brian Honore.

Photo: Karla Ramoo

By Valdeen Shears-Neptune

Renowned commentator and Midnight Robber Brian Honore was laid to rest yesterday to the strains of calypso music and amidst traditional Carnival characters.

Honore, who collapsed and died of a massive heart attack last week, was honoured in song, poem, speech and performance during his funeral service at St Charles RC Church, Tunapuna.

The pathway to the church was lined with moko jumbies, robbers and bats.

Atop Honore’s casket lay a green and white decorated midnight robber’s broad-rimmed hat.

The service was officiated by Fr Henry Charles, while Fr Clyde Harvey also offered words of remembrance.

Harvey focused on Honore’s undying faith in young people.

“We must continue to follow Brian’s example and have faith in youths, even when so many things, including the media wants us to believe otherwise,” he said.

Harvey, who then broke into song and rendered the hymn, Never Get Weary, was quickly accompanied by the congregation.

Honore’s commitment to young people was further supported by the glowing tribute paid to him by students of Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive, where he was a librarian.

However, he was remembered also as a father-figure, friend, patriot and leader.

More praises were sung about Honore, as his brother-in-law Kenwyn Crichlow delivered the eulogy in which he reminisced on Honore’s life and contribution to T&T’s culture.

Among Honore’s relatives were his sons Jeremy and Fedon, nephew Jeremy, widow Deborah and sister Sandra.

Minister of Community Development and Culture Joan Yuille-Williams and her junior minister Eddie Hart also attended the funeral.

Felix Edinborough, known to most as pierrot grenade, rhymed and dramatised his tribute, bringing laughter to the sombre congregation, while calypsonian Composer rendered his in song.

Members of the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts, UWI, honoured Honore in calypso, some of which he had composed as the calypsonian Commentator, as well as with robber talk.

Anthony Collymore, a member of the Mystery Raiders, the band of robbers that Honore led, could barely control his emotions during his performance.

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