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The Holy Family Cathedral was filled with a somber yet celebratory atmosphere as the nation bid farewell to one of its most cherished sons, the soca legend Richardo Drue.
His passing left a deep sense of sadness and loss in the hearts of everyone who knew him.
Many who spoke about him described him as a remarkable musician and a kind-hearted and generous soul.
Family, friends, and those who spoke at his funeral all agreed that he had always been a shining example of what it meant to be a true Antiguan, and his loss was felt deeply.
People from all walks of life, regardless of their age, social status, or race, came to mourn Drue’s passing.
They gathered to pay their last respects and honor his life in the most beautiful way possible.
They sang hymns and soca songs in his honor, their voices echoing through the cathedral and up to the heavens.
It was a touching tribute to a life well lived and a testament to the impact that Drue had on the lives of many.
Cultural Ambassador Lisa Makhoul said Drue’s legacy lived on in the memories of those who knew him and through the music he created
“He was a beacon of light in a world occasionally covered in darkness. His legacy firmly embedded in our culture and history is a testament to the resilient of his spirit,” she said
Richardo Drue may have left this world, but he would never be forgotten, for he had truly been a remarkable soul.
Meanwhile, Creative Industries Minister Daryll Matthew said 2023 was a great year for Drue.
“In almost every conversation, he [Richardo] spoke of his love for his family, people, and country. He spoke of ideas on how to be a better artist and person. He spoke about how proud he was to be a cultural ambassador and how we want to elevate Antigua,” Matthew said
During the funeral, Drue’s brother Harold Barriteau and his five children delivered heartfelt remarks about his personal life.
His mother, Nicola said her son was loved “coming in and going out”
She recalled that he would be remembered as one who never gave up.
She recalled that growing up, her son Richardo impersonated some of his favorite songs and artists, including Marshal Montano and Micheal Jackson, with his spoon in his hand as a mic.
“I know why you came. We all know. You did it in life, and you did it in death. Your name will forever be stamped in our hearts…until we meet again,” she said
Several renowned artists, including Claudette Peters, King Bubba, Skinny Fabulous, Seon Isaac, and Asa Banton, also attended the funeral to pay their respects to the legendary soca icon.
Several officials, including Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, and other government and opposition members also attended the funeral. Their presence was a testament to the profound impact that Drue had on the nation and its people.
Richardo has five children and was expected to be married to Soca Artiste Patrice Roberts.