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He was described as ruthless, arrogant,
too hasty and controversial, but for those
who knew Queen s Counsel Karl Hudson-
Phillips, he was nothing short of warm,
hard-working, charming, fearless and
This was how former ambassador Reginald
Dumas yesterday summed up the life of
Hudson-Phillips while delivering the eulogy
at his funeral service at the Holy Trinity
Hudson-Phillips, 80, a legal luminary and
political pioneer, died on January 15 in Eng-
The service was attended by hundreds of
mourners, including President Anthony Car-
mona, acting Prime Minister Prakash Ramad-
har, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley,
Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gas-
pard, government ministers and members
of the legal fraternity. They gathered to bid
farewell to the country s former attorney
general and judge of the International Crim-
The homily was read by Rev Clive Abdulah,
who said Hudson-Phillips was a giant of the
old school. Abdulah also chastised church
and political leaders for failing to give citizens
Reginald Dumas knew Hudson-Phillip for
more than 65 years, having attended Queen s
Royal College (QRC) with him. Dumas said
many had described his friend as arrogant
and astute, some even calling him "ruthless,"
while others looked at him as being "elite."
"But to those who knew Hudson," said
Dumas, "he had a warm, common touch
about him. He was seen as aloof but was
'He was feared by many'
All these things, Dumas said, indicated a
At times, Dumas said, Hudson-Phillips
was "hasty...too hasty," but he worked hard.
Even though Hudson-Phillips was feared
by many, which prompted calypsonian Hollis
Liverpool to pen a song after him, Dumas
said Hudson-Phillips took his blows and
never forget his humble beginnings.
Dumas said Hudson-Phillips was not per-
fect: he had faced academic challenges while
in Form Five at QRC, for which he was heck-
led by his classmates; but he continued to
strive for excellence.
He said one thing Hudson-Phillips was
noted for was his fearlessness; he had even
written a letter to the late Dr Eric Williams
to take action against one of his government
ministers who was flouting the law.
Dumas said there were many qualities to
admire in Hudson-Phillips, but the two that
stood out for him were his leadership style
in the Organisation for National Reconstruc-
tion, and his integrity.
Hudson-Phillips, he said, also fought
"He was a fearless man...that alone made
him a target," said Dumas, "and even in the
midst of his passing, the venom persists."
Trying hard to contain his tears, Dumas
said: "Hudson was not only my friend. Part
of me is gone and it is not going to come
'Shoes too big to fill'
Children Jennifer, Sarah and Kevin spoke
highly of their father.
Jennifer, from Hudson-Phillips first mar-
riage, said he "emulated what was best. We
are better off having shared his smile. No
stones were left unturned with him."
She said one of the things her dad would
always tell her was: "Do not let your heart
Daughter Sarah gave a snapshot of the life
she shared with her father, stating that tough
love was his style.
Sarah said the last e-mail her father sent
her was full of praise and advice: "You have
done brilliantly with little stumbles. You
must steer the course. You did better than
I did in my time," Sarah said, choked with
His last advice to Sarah was "to continue
to work your butt off."
Sarah, who is studying medicine in London,
said there would never be another man in
her life like her father.
"I am the luckiest girl to be able to stand
next to you, proud to ever call you my father.
Dad, your legacy is your honour."
Hudson-Phillips son Kevin, a financial
consultant in London, remembered the last
e-mail his father forwarded to him. In it, his
dad said he was interested in purchasing a
boat, but had a change of heart because of
his age and "your mother will howl with
disapproval." Kevin said his father spoke
about wanting to go in the garden to prune
the trees, but complained that he did not
have the muscle to do the job. Kevin recalled
that Hudson-Phillips also urged him to set
his goals for the next ten years, and praised
"Dad, you gave me direction, guidance
and freedom, and I am a man today because
Farewell fearless Karl
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
has made a formal bid for T&T to host
the next secretariat for the United Nations
Arms Trade Treaty.
Persad-Bissessar made the announce-
ment yesterday, moments after her return
from the recently concluded Community
of Latin American and Caribbean States
(Celac) meeting in Cuba.
She said there were several reasons why
T&T should host the secretariat.
"Our geographic location has made us
very vulnerable to the illicit trafficking of
small arms and light weapons. We do not
manufacture guns or ammunition, we do
not manufacture cocaine and other hard
drugs, yet we are a transshipment point
and, of course, the guns are creating havoc
and great sadness in our own country here,"
"All the major institutions of the UN
should not be located in the same geo-
graphic locations, but we should have some-
thing here in the Celac and T&T."
Persad-Bissessar said the discussions
also turned to control of the drug trade
within the region.
"As we all know, this is a major challenge
that we all in the Caribbean and Latin
American states encountered. We found it
necessary to refine policies that deal with
this," she said.
She said those policies deal with not just
control, but treatment and rehabilitation
Persad-Bissessar made the announce-
ment amidst an almost full complement
of Cabinet ministers, moments after landing
at the Piarco International Airport yester-
Persad-Bissessar has agreed to include
T&T in the "zone of peace" as determined
by the Declaration of Havana signed at the
She said: "This agreement seeks to ensure
conflicts which may arise are managed in
a peaceful, civilised manner without
encroaching on the sovereignty of the mem-
She said the tenets of the treaty dealt
with those issues.
The PM said the group of leaders met
to discuss "significant" issues affecting the
region, including solutions to the current
problems facing islands in the region.
"The Declaration of Havana highlights
the importance of the region as a space
that facilitates dialogue while fostering
regional cooperation," she said.
Persad-Bissessar said the Declaration
also emphasised the "urgency of working
together" to develop the well-being of the
"This year we engaged in discussions
surrounding central issues such as poverty,
illiteracy and inequality," she said.
PM bids to host secretariat for Arms Trade Treaty
broke down in
tears as he paid
Maharaj, a close
and dear friend of
Hudson-Phillips, attended the funeral
along with his wife Lynette, also a SC.
Following the service, Maharaj said
Hudson-Phillips' loss was a heavy blow
"I don't think the life of Karl would be
difficult for anyone to follow. But if it is
one thing we should learn, is that he
was a man of honesty and integrity."
Maharaj said Hudson-Phillips believed
that in politics there should be no
corruption and high standards of public
life should always be maintained.
"I think that is relevant in our society
RAMESH BREAKS DOWN IN TEARS
Cathy Hudson-Phillips, wife of deceased law luminary Karl Hudson-Phillips, and his daughter
Sarah Hudson-Phillips in prayer after receiving communion during his funeral service at Holy
Trinity Cathedral,Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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