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Barbados: Sir Lloyd’s legacy


by Marlon Madden (Barbados Today) The son of Barbados’ fourth former prime minister Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford has urged the Government to consider honouring his late father by having the Barbados Community College (BCC) bear his name.

A separate call has also been made for Sir Lloyd’s proposed Caribbean Centre for Integration and Democracy Studies to become a reality.

Delivering the eulogy in a packed St Peter’s Parish Church where Barbadians gathered for the State funeral to say goodbye to a man who led this country for seven years, Garth Sandiford recalled his father’s commitment to the BCC.

Sir Lloyd is credited for his role in building out post-secondary education when he served as Minister of Education, with the creation of the BCC at which he also later taught.

“My father had a deep love for the Barbados Community College which he founded. It has helped so many Barbadians,” Sandiford said in his eulogy that was also heard by Barbadians at several satellite locations across the island.

“My father believed with all his heart that education was a way to freedom. I think it would be fitting to see this institution bear his name in some kind of a way because it speaks to his legacy.”

Reflecting on the life and work of his father, Sandiford described him as “a giant of a man” whose dream was always to become a teacher and professor of politics.

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