It was packed to capacity and more lining the walls outside of the St Peter and St Paul Church in Windward on Monday, as residents and visitors turned out in their large numbers to pay their last respects to popular businessman, Rufus Compton who was popularly known as Malik. Among the hundreds who filed past his casket, were his wife and children, mother (Katelyn Compton), brothers, sisters other members of the family.
Also paying last respects were Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon Elvin Nimrod, his advisor Kindra Mathurine-Stewart and former senator Nigel Stewart, Member of Parliament for St George North East, Hon Tobias Clement, Senator Norland Cox and Permanent Secretary responsible for Local Government, Javan Williams.
Several tributes preceded the service include a song from his four daughters.
Mr Compton who passed away at the age of 63 after months of illness, was one who revolutionized the business culture across the sister isle. He was also a deeply rooted supporter of the New National Party. His life was also colourful as he was a lead singer with the local band, Bay Side Boys. Some of the members of the band formed the church choir as they blended perfectly in celebrating the life of Mr Compton.
In his sermon, Fr Irvanius said that the outpouring of support was a mirror reflection of the life Mr Compton lived and the love and appreciation, which he had for People of all ages. He said that Mr Compton was known for speaking what he believed and “would tell you what he had to in your face”.
He reminded the congregation that Mr Compton was once “as we are –alive and that the time is approaching when we all would be as him–departed this life”.
This he said is why everyone needs to make his/her path straight with God whom he assured is the final judgment based on the life we choose to live.
Compton’s brothers and other members of the family carried the casket from the church to the hearse; it was taken to the cemetery to String band music recorded by the Bayside Boys band that he had played with.
At his Friendship Lane home, the band also played music in memory of his contribution and love for music. Among the members was the former leader of the band, Suresh Rao, who returned from England to bid a final farewell to his friend and fellow musician.