AMORY PHILLIPS – A SPECIAL TRIBUTE. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011. 14
PEOPLE from across Barbados, from sport, business, the political party they love, and from the Barbados Lumber Company which he founded, thronged the St. Lucy Parish Church to pay final respects to Amory Phillips. The packed church yesterday heard speaker after speaker extol the virtues of the St Lucy-born Barbadian whom eulogist Keith Simmons said became an expert in lumber and joined forces with others from Barbados, Jamaica and elsewhere to establish “a black company venturing into an area of operations historically dominated by, in effect, a cartel of white merchants”. Delivering the eulogy written by Phillips’ brother Tony, Simmons traced his late friend’s life starting from the days when they were both students at Combermere School where Phillips showed his prowess at cricket. Cricketing school contemporaries the Reverend Wes Hall, Peter Lashley and Rawle Brancker were in the congregation, as well as Phillips’ business associate and former West Indies fast bowler, Charles Griffith. Quoting from an early tribute paid by staff of the Barbados Lumber Company, Simmons said Phillips had built a “cadre of loyal employees” who had remained with the Barbados Lumber Company through thick and thin, and through his work with the company he had helped many middle and lower income Barbadians to own and maintain a home,” words repeated by Rawle Brancker as he read a tribute from the staff of the Barbados Lumber Company. Simmons noted that the late businessman’s concern was not limited to his own business, but that he often promoted entrepreneurship and business development, later putting some of his recommendations into practice during the six years he served as chairman of the Barbados
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PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart laying his wreath on Amory Phillips’ grave while Phillips’ grandson Alex awaits his turn. (FP)