Homer’s life celebrated
By Cecily Asson Friday, August 30 2013
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Larrie Homer sings at the funeral service of his father, journalist and historian Louis Homer, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Harris Promenade, San ...
THE life and work of historian/journalist Louis Bernard Homer was hailed yesterday by many during a two-hour home-going celebration Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church on Harris Promenade, San Fernando.
And officiating priest Fr Emmanuel Pierre urged those in attendance to live their lives in such a way that, like Homer, when they too die their deaths “will sweeten the air, rather than embitter it.”
Pierre told the congregation that Homer, 80, who passed away on Saturday at the San Fernando General Hospital after a short illness, had given his life to the nation and to the community of San Fernando in the area of journalism and history. He said Homer’s spirit which was released in the church yesterday was a blessing and there must be celebration.
He added, “Our brother Louis has died, his death has sweetened the air, given us a new enthusiasm and new zeal to work and build the city of San Fernando and by extension the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Pierre said during the time he served as parish priest in San Fernando, he always admired Homer for his willingness to share an idea or facilitate development. “I admired his capacity for work,” he said. “Louis Homer was undoubtedly a source of hope to young people in the value and in the virtue of hard work.”
Sharing similar sentiments was Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration, Clifton De Coteau. Homer began working at the ministry last year as heritage adviser.
“He was a true Trinbagonian, true patriot and young people should emulate him,” De Coteau said.
He added, “He had that passion, the commitment, that drive for the achievement of the vision, for the history and heritage for Trinidad and Tobago.”
Homer was eulogised by his granddaughter, Ansonia Torres and son Michael Homer, who revealed that 30 years ago his father had predicted that he will “die on a bed at the San Fernando General Hospital.”
Homer will be honoured posthumously with a national award tomorrow at the ceremony at SAPA, San Fernando.