It was certainly with profound shock and disbelief that we at the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) received news today of the sudden passing of Leslie Barrow.
Our relationship with Leslie was a fairly intimate one, since for some time now, she has been an integral part of the management structure of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The BGIS has long enjoyed close symbiotic arrangements with CBC. This naturally implied some measure of discussion, detailed programming meetings and elements of negotiation in which Leslie was not only involved but a very forceful participant.
Only recently, with some United Nations’ assistance, our two organizations began work on a very important project that commenced the long overdue process of documenting and digitally archiving our valuable audio-visual holdings.
Like the rest of us, particularly the librarians of the respective organizations, Leslie was excited and enthusiastic about the important difference this would make to the preservation of our national audio-visual heritage. It was clear from her involvement that she considered her passion for both art and history to have converged in the potential of this project and assumed a leading role in its execution.
That project will continue and her contribution will be forever remembered.
To her grieving family and friends, be assured that the management and staff of BGIS share in your grief and will remember you in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in Psalm 111: 2: “The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable; and his righteousness endureth forever.”
May she rest in peace.