Prime Minister Mia Motttley mourns the lack of the Reverend who christened her greater than a half-century in the past on the St. Mary’s Anglican Church.
On Wednesday April 21, 2021 Reverend Canon Andrew Hatch handed away. Father Hatch, as he was recognized, was a retired priest of the historic St. James Parish Church, which he led for 12 years, and as stated by the Prime Minister was as a pioneering moderator on the noon radio call-in present, Getting Right down to Brass Tacks.
She referred to him as “something however the conventional parish priest”.
He was a Barbadian innovator lengthy earlier than the phrase turned trendy, constructing and putting in what has been described as Barbados’ first photo voltaic water heater — the forerunner to an trade that’s now synonymous with Bajan manufacturing and which put Barbados on the prime of the renewable vitality map many years forward of a lot better-resourced international locations.
And even within the midst of all this, he nonetheless devoted a lot of his time to what typically gave the impression to be a one-man “home windows to the ocean” marketing campaign of the Eighties and ‘90s to make sure that alongside the West Coast, unchecked tourism growth didn’t lock Barbadians out of entry to the seashores.
For years his was the voice that countered, provoked, stimulated and even upset Barbadians of each character on each subject possible. A lot of the credit score for the recognition of those exhibits at present should go to him.
On behalf of the Authorities and other people of Barbados, I prolong heartfelt condolences to his spouse of 66 years, Sheila, son Marcus, daughter Rachel and different members of his household. Could his soul relaxation in peace.