Sophie Hoyos (in white) walking in the procession out of the chapel of Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens at the end of the funeral service for her late husband Pat Hoyos. (GP)
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Radio announcer Gaynelle Marshall said music was at the head of many things in Pat Hoyos’ life when she stood at the podium today paying tribute to her departed colleague.
Music did indeed characterise Hoyos’ homegoing service as haunting renditions by several artistes whose voices wafted through the air of the chapel at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, lifted the spirits of family, friends and business associates attending the morning service.
From the opening rendition of Amazing Grace by Operation Triple Threat to the closing Bridge Over Troubled Water by Alan Sheppard, the music was a poignant representation of a side of Hoyos of which many people who knew him as the consummate business journalist and publisher hardly knew.
Artiste Tamara Marshall also moved the audience with a rendition of AndraDay’s inspirational song Rise Up, while Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw recited the poem How do I Love Thee.
Hoyos passed away last week at age 66 after a short battle with cancer. In one of the two eulogies delivered yesterday, his friend and former Barbados Advocate colleague Tony Cumberbatch described Hoyos as “a talented artist who was bitten by the media bug from early”. The two once held top positions at the Barbados Advocate and Cumberbatch spoke of a friendship forged then which resulted in lasting a bond between them.
Below: Pat Hoyos’ daughter Mandy Cummins paying tribute in song to her late father at his funeral service. (GP)
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