Dignitaries pay respects to Toppin
MANY WELL KNOWN NAMES in the political, legal, business and cricketing fraternity turned out at St Mary’s Church in The City yesterday to pay their final respects to Audley Toppin, father of long-serving Barbados Labour Party (BLP) parliamentarian, Ronald Toppin.
The front seating alone summed up the role which Audley and his son Ronald, along with another son Roland, would have played in the political and sporting arena.
Among those in attendance were former prime minister and former leader of the BLP, Owen Arthur, former attorney general and chief justice Sir David Simmons, former deputy prime minister Dame Billie Miller and former attorney general Sir Louis Tull.
BLP leader Mia Mottley shared a pew with Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard, though they were sitting at opposite ends. Agard was often locked in conversation with fellow MP Kerrie Symmonds who sat to her left.
Audley, a former insurance executive, was married to Joyce Toppin. Ronald has been representing St Michael North since 1994.
The interment took place in St Mary’s graveyard. (KB)