Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 24th 2013 Contents his car that fateful morning.
"This is the Wendell to whom we
say goodbye today."
Kangaloo was later cremated in a
private ceremony at the Belgroves cre-
Christine Kangaloo moved the
congregation at the Susamachar
Presbyterian Church yesterday
as she spoke about the courage
and dignity of her brother, Appeal
Court judge Wendell Kangaloo,
even after an accident left him
In her eulogy at his funeral serv-
ice Kangaloo said: "I wanted to
speak about how Wendell lived
after his injuries.
"To truly know and understand
Wendell, I believe one had to know
and understand how he lived his
life, when he was stripped bare.
"For it was when life stripped
Wendell down to the barest
essence of what he was that Wen-
dell showed time-and-time again
what it meant to be alive, what it
meant to live a life of courage and
"As hard and as far as he was
thrown, as violently as he was
shaken, as badly as he was bat-
tered, there were traits about Wen-
dell that could not be thrown.
There were qualities that could
not be shaken."
She said he defied every medical
parameter and even proved wrong
doctors who said he would not
"In the end the surprise wasn t
so much that Wendell died from
his illness but that he died in spite
of his illness," she added.
Hundreds packed the church on
Coffee Street, San Fernando,
including his colleagues on the
Bench, led by Chief Justice Ivor
Archie and his former colleague
President Anthony Carmona, to
say farewell to the man who fought
the debilitating injuries suffered
in an accident a year ago, before
succumbing last Thursday.
Among the mourners were for-
mer prime minister Basdeo Panday,
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley, Public Administration Minister
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan and
former national security minister
Presbyterian minister the Rev
Joy Abdul-Mohan used the oppor-
tunity to urge mourners to curb
reckless and drunken driving, say-
ing in spite of numerous calls for
drivers to be safe on the road, no
one seemed to be listening.
She said Justice Kangaloo was
a victim of a tragic and senseless
accident, which left four others
dead and asked the congregation:
"Is it nothing to you?"
His twin brother, Wayne, and
colleagues shared fond memories
and brought out more laughs than
tears during the funeral.
Wayne said Wendell was meant
to be a judge because he was a
prefect while they both attended
Presentation College and gave him
a detention slip "without fear or
Justice of Appeal Peter Jamadar
described his colleague, who had
been his business partner in a law
firm they once ran together, as a
stubborn man he fought with but
also the most loyal and trustworthy
of his friends.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie said he
lost his "right-hand man" and
believed Kangaloo would have
made an excellent Chief Justice.
He also described Kangaloo as
humble, truthful and outspoken
in his words and actions.
"For Wendell, accolades were of
no importance. The Judiciary came
first," he added.
He said Kangaloo had a clear
vision of what he wanted to con-
tribute to the appellate bench and
one of its pillars was now lost.
Each speaker touched on Kan-
galoo s passion for horse-racing,
saying it was a non-negotiable
Sunday ritual for him to go to the
Arima Race track. His sister said
May 20, 2012 was the last time he
took that trip.
She said the Wendell they were
saying goodbye to was a better
man than the one who got into
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Sister tells of Kangaloo's courage
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley greets his former Cabinet colleague Christine Kangaloo on his arrival at the funeral
service of her brother Justice Wendell Kangaloo at the Susamachar Presbyterian Church, Coffee Street, San Fernando,
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
On May 20, 2012, Kangaloo,
who was acting Chief Justice
at the time, was on his way to
the Arima race track when a
car crossed the median along
Highway and crashed into his
SUV. The four occupants of the
other car died at the scene.
Kangaloo, 57, was treated at
home and abroad.
He died at the Intensive Care
Unit of the St Clair Medical
Centre, where he had been
warded shortly before.
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