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Had Dana Seetahal SC been alive and seated in the
congregation at All Saints Anglican Church last Saturday
to hear the glowing tributes paid to her by her Bishop
Anstey High School (BAHS) alumnae she would have
been most impressed.
The Hilarians organised a memorial service for See-
tahal, presided over by Anglican Bishop Claude Berkley,
and they, graduates of every era, attended in their num-
bers. Also officiating at the service were Fr Ashton
Gomez and Rev Marva Kellman.
Musical items were performed by BAHS senior choir,
under the direction of Lorraine Granderson, with
accompaniment by Michael Clarke;
soloist Tova Miller, who starred in the recently held
Jesus Christ Superstar; and The Lydians, under the
baton of Maestro Jesus Beltran Acosta Ruiz, with accom-
panists Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch and Myrtle Cum-
The Lydians gave the congregation a special treat
by performing excerpts from the Messa Da Requiem
by Giuseppe Verdi which the choir will premiere on
June 5, at St Finbar's RC Church, Diego Martin. This
recital continues on June 6 at St Finbar's and will be
reprised on June 7-8, at the Cathedral of the Holy
Trinity, Port-of-Spain. Proceeds from these recitals
will benefit the restoration funds of the Cathedral of
the Immaculate Conception, Rosary RC Church and
Holy Trinity organ, and the Oxford Street Home.
Tributes were delivered by Seetahal's sister, Susan
Francois; Hilarians board member Wanda Bernard;
and, alumnae representative Dr Jennifer Rouse.
Rouse was particularly poignant in her tribute and
won sporadic applause throughout. She even had attor-
ney Douglas Mendes SC nodding his head knowingly
when she noted that "men are the embroidery on the
seams of your life," a statement made by former BAHS
principal Stephanie Shurland to one of the graduating
classes of yesteryear. Rouse added: "Ms Shurland rep-
resented part of the legacy of the school's three "S"
principals---Shrewsbury, Sutherland and Shurland, who
collectively established a principle by which the school
was governed. So that, although Dana was three years
younger than my classmates, the older girls had a
responsibility to model the tenets of that principle for
the younger ones to emulate.
"My comment therefore was in the context of what
the old Hilarians principle represented---whereby we
(as girls/females) had to be whole first, so that the
males who were drawn/attracted to us would enhance
[the substance] of what was already there.
As opposed to waiting for men to complete
us."Rouse drew mirth when she said: "Based
on the statement, it's little wonder that most
of us (i.e., old Hilarians) have remained
unmarried, another set married without
changing their last names; and others married
and hyphenated their last names."
The benevolence of the Hilarians continued
after Seetahal's requiem at Martin's piano bar
on Woodford Street, Newtown, where a fund-
raising soup was held for convalescing BAHS
alumna Carol Martin. This was a very suc-
cessful venture attended mostly by alumni
of BAHS and Queen's Royal College, including
former Intercol footballers Ian Jeffers, Rolph
Clarke, Garnet Harris and Andre Pollard, and
Dr Rhoda Reddock, Claudia Applewhite, Ann
Marguerite Moore, Jennifer Joseph, Jackie
Padmore, Lyn Marie Osbourne and Jackie
Today is 20 days since the "assassination"
of Dana Seetahal and the apprehension of
the perpetrators of this foul deed remains
I end this week on a sad note with the
passing of Frank Smith, New York's "God-
father of calypso". Aged 92, Smith was the
proprietor of the famous Rainbow Terrace,
the premiere calypso showplace in Brooklyn
in the '70s-'80s, on Nostrand Avenue. The
calypsonians who honed their art at this
venue and those whose careers soared after
performing at the venue include Sparrow,
Cro Cro, SuperBlue, Calypso Rose, Shadow,
Swallow, Baron, Bro Valentino, Nap Hepburn,
Conqueror, Count Robin and De Fosto.
This week Cro Cro (Weston Rawlins), who
Smith used to call "son," said: "He was a true
lover of the art form and would go the distance
for calypsonians. Frank was also the first black
man to own a gas station in Brooklyn (CLR
Auto Service on Fulton Street). He really
helped black people. Back in the day, when
Michael Gould opened B's, we used to have
some good clashes between B's and the Terrace
Smith was called "the Mayor of Brooklyn"
because of the many Trini compatriots he
assisted when they first migrated to the US.
Smith's funeral is today at St Barnabas Church,
at the corner of Elton Street and Dumont
Dana Seetahal SC
Had Dana Seetahal SC been alive and
seated in the congregation at All Saints
Anglican Church last Saturday to hear the
glowing tributes paid to her by her Bishop
Anstey High School (BAHS) alumnae she
would have been most impressed.
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