Tribute for mum
Mum was the epitome of a loving, hardworking, strict and a no nonsense woman all wrapped up in on- a woman who always gave of her utmost best.
She would tell you like it is without any reservation, but underneath all of that, mum was a loving and caring person.
Many often took advantage of her kind-hearted, genuine persona but mum would always rise above the circumstance and give and do her best.
I recall clearly times at the bar that strangers would come and ask her for food and she would always give them with hesitation and say “it’s only food, you ain’t know what um is to be hungry”. Mum always told me “there are people out there who would try to get at me and they would try to use you keep your circle small and know who you can trust”.
Those words hit home when she passed cause who you thought were friends turned out to be foes.
Mum you are in a better place and only God knows why he has taken you from dad and I. I will always love you and by the grace of God I’ll keep your Legacy going.
Love always Julia.
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To my loving wife
The first time I saw you I know that you would have been my wife.
As a young boy I remember working and you would position yourself to see me on the bus and when you pass you would always shake and smile.
Courting you as a young lady was a task until that day I asked your mum “ma” for you hand in marriage and 49 years later you are still the love of my life.
Not in a million years I would ever thought that I would lose you so soon I thank you for being my wife for giving me a wonderful daughter and being my number one support system for all these years.
There are so many things I want to tell you in person but I know from heaven you would hear.
Loving and missing you everyday Lawson.
Tribute from Dr Kenneth S George, Chief Medical Officer (Ag)
It is with saddened heart that I offer this tribute to Angela Crawford, a colleague and mentor but most of all a friend. Our friendship spanned a decade in which I admired Angela for her dedication and commitment to advancing health care in Barbados.
The memorable times of laughter and fun we had was not only confined to the workplace but at her beloved Fred’s Bar in Oistins. Angela taught me compassion, humbleness and humanity bringing her years of service and experience as a Public Health Nurse to the Ministry of Health and Wellness while carrying out her daily duties.
Her commitment to the development of elderly care services, community public health nursing and quality controls in health cannot be replaced.
I remember fondly that the lunch room ‘posse’ would frequently visit Fred’s Bar to unwind after a long week and Angela when in the mood would sing karaoke for us.
Additionally I was fortunate to have sampled, on several occasions, her delicious curry goat and jerk pork. These are the fond memories I will always cherish.
To Lawson, Julia and her immediate family I extend my deepest sympathies and on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Wellness I urge you to stay strong and live in the comfort that Angela was a great woman who will be forever and fondly missed.
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Tribute to Our Friend Angela
My name is Heather Castorina. My husband Sal and I have been friends with Angela and her husband Lawson (Captain) since 1974 when we first met in Scarborough, Ontario Canada. Captain was working with Sal’s two brothers building canoes and Angela was Head Nurse at Scarborough Centenary Hospital.
The nickname Captain originated in 1975 when there were 5 carloads of us going on a 3 week camping road trip to the East Coast. As Lawson was the oldest and Angela was the smartest compared to the rest of us they were always in the lead car and he became our Captain.
We had one incident when we set up our tents at night in one of the camping parks and it was Angela’s turn to make breakfast the next morning. When my husband tasted her coffee, he said it was the best coffee he had ever tasted and asked her what kind it was. She responded it was Sanka. Sal said “Heather from now on you should buy Sanka coffee as it was delicious.”
As we were pulling out of the park a short time later, the tap where Angela had taken the water to make the coffee had a sign on it which she did not see before which read. “Water for Trailer Disposal Only”. When we saw this sign we all felt nauseous thinking we had drank sewage water, but Angela assured us that we would be ok since we boiled the water. My husband changed his mind about the Sanka coffee and still drinks Nescafe. We had a good laugh.
We had a lot of fun times with Angela, enjoying lobster and her Bajan recipes. Even after she moved back to Barbados she would always make sure when she visited Canada she always had time to visit at our house.
When I think of Angela I think of a lady with great taste in everything she did in her life. She was a very successful career woman, wife, mother and friend to many. She was always professional whether it was her nursing or being the proprietor of Fred’s in Oistins. She treated people with respect. I used to love her tailor made outfits, beautifully manicured nails and especially her love for Este Lauder make-up.
Angela holds a very special place in our hearts. When Sal and I were applying to adopt our oldest child Melissa over 40 years ago, it was Angela who was our character reference to the Adoption Agency. Without her input we may not have our beautiful daughter today and grandchildren.
We were so fortunate to visit Angela, Captain and Julia numerous times in Barbados. On our last visit, we brought the entire family, kids and grandkids. Angela was so happy to see Melissa she couldn’t stop hugging her.
We wish we could be there today with our Captain, Julia, family and friends to celebrate Angela’s life.
We are so very thankful for the memories and the pleasure of having Angela as our friend for so many years. Heaven has a new Angel. We will miss her.
Sal and Heather Castorina