By Kaelanne Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clive Pantin was a classic servant statesman. He was an uncomplicated man who embraced the foundational Gospel values – he served, fed, clothed; he was a man of the Kingdom. And because Clive did that so well, he will now enter eternal glory.
This was the crux of the homily delivered by main celebrant Fr Gregory Augustine CSSp at last Tuesday’s funeral Mass for Clive Pantin at the St Theresa’s RC Church, Woodbrook.
Pantin, Fatima College Principal 1972–1981, sportsman, philanthropist, former Education Minister and founder of the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL) passed away last Saturday at the age of 84.
The church was filled long before the 11 a.m. funeral, many of the mourners being Fatima College old boys. Among those paying their respects were President Anthony Carmona, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Chief Justice Ivor Archie, Speaker of the House Brigid Annisette-George and current Education Minister Anthony Garcia, himself a former Fatima College Principal. The Pantin family occupied the front pews. Seated in the sanctuary were Archbishop Joseph Harris and Bishop Jason Gordon of Bridgetown who, like several of the other clergy present, attended the school.
Fr Augustine, the current principal, told the congregation that Clive is alive in the hearts and minds of all of us. He said, “It is our responsibility, our duty, we are duty bound because of this man to follow the footsteps of Christ, to do the right thing, to embrace our brothers and sisters.”
The Provincial Superior of the Holy Ghost Fathers revealed that Clive chose the Gospel (Mt 25: 31–46) and the first reading (Is 25:6–9) for his funeral. “I was no way surprised by this,” he said, adding that Pantin embodied and lived those words and values.
“Clive was an uncomplicated and very basic and fundamental man. He was a man of the Kingdom. He was a man who lived gospel values,” he said. Fr Augustine told the story of Pantin’s contribution to the College, highlighting that he was able to make decisions and establish his own brand as the first lay principal of Fatima College.