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Special sitting of the ECSC held in Glasgow’s honour

Special sitting of the ECSC held in Glasgow’s honour


Before the late Carl Glasgow was taken to his final resting place, his wife, Lynette Glasgow showered him with kisses and hugs as he lay in his coffin just outside the High Court.{{more}}

With tears streaming down her cheeks and family members surrounding her, Glasgow wept openly, shortly after a special sitting of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court was held in her late husband’s honour on Friday, March 30.

Carl Glasgow, a barrister-at-law, died on March 22, 2012, after battling a long illness. He was 69.

Relatives, well-wishers, friends and members of the legal fraternity converged outside the courthouse to extend sympathy to the Glasgow family and to see his face one more time.

The sitting was also attended by Glasgow’s daughters Kimya and Malaika, and his brother and sister.

Addressing the special sitting, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who is also an attorney, spoke highly of Glasgow.

The Prime Minister said he first came to know Glasgow while at the St Vincent Grammar School, where he noted that Glasgow was already a star athlete.

“…He was arguably the most outstanding sportsman of our generation, only to be rivalled by Mike Findlay…,” Gonsalves said.

Suggesting that a memorial be held for Glasgow soon, Gonsalves said that “we have to do something to resolve that we live better with one another. We have to bury hatchets and know not where they are buried…”

Glasgow served as the manager of the Windward Islands Cricket team for several years, and was even short-listed as one of the persons to be the manager of the West Indies Cricket team. Several members of the cricketing fraternity, decked in blazers, turned up as a mark of respect for their colleague.

Also sharing brief remarks, Attorney General Judith Jones-Morgan said over her 20 years in the public service, she has never received a complaint about Glasgow.

“I have never heard, received or seen a complaint from the public arena concerning Glasgow. This leads me to say he must have been a good and faithful servant…,” Jones-Morgan added.

President of the SVG Bar Association Dr Linton Lewis described Glasgow as a selfless individual who people should remember for the respectful and dignified manner in which he conducted himself.

Representing the Inner Bar, Queen’s Counsel Parnel Campbell said when he thinks of the word gentleman, he thinks of Carl Glasgow.

“He was an extremely confidential person and always jovial. He seemed to be on a mission in life to enrich lives of everyone whom he came into contact with…,” Campbell said.

Campbell added that Glasgow was always fair, honest and full of integrity. “He set an example at the Bar that all should emulate….His memory should provide sustenance for his family,” Campbell stated.

Resident High Court Judge Frederick Bruce-Lyle said his relationship with Glasgow dates back to 1989 when he first came to St Vincent.

“He was a very unassuming person. He was just a simple human being, and very respectful. I will always remember him by that smile,” the judge related.

Justice Adrian Saunders of the Caribbean Court of Justice also gave brief remarks at the sitting. Counsel Emery Robertson, Nicole Sylvester and Kay Bacchus-Browne also spoke from the Utter Bar. Counsel Annique Cummings also read a message from her father Andrew Cummings Q.C.

Following the speeches, one minute’s silence was observed in Glasgow’s honour.

Justices Monica Joseph and Gertel Thom also presided over the special sitting.

Following the sitting, lawyers, cricketers and family members marched from the High Court to the St George’s Cathedral, where his funeral was held.

He was buried in the yard of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Georgetown.