Monday, 06 June 2016 18:27

Scores celebrate Holly B's life

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Family and friends paid their respects and said their last goodbyes to media icon Holly Betaudier on Monday morning.

Holly B, also known as the Arima Kid, passed away two Sundays ago at age 91 at his home in Diego Martin.

He was the original host of Scouting for Talent on then State Media, TTT, and a great lover of Parang, having developed special parang shows at TTT during the Christmas season as both producer and presenter.

The funeral of the well-loved media icon took place at the Santa Rosa RC Church in Arima but it was not a sad occasion, as his son, Holly Betaudier Junior, said he would have wanted everyone to celebrate his life.

He said his father celebrated everything, so his request was to have a non-traditional send off.

"There is no eulogy. He said that if you don't know him by now, you would never know him. There is enough out there that will be used to remind people of who he was."

Although it was a celebration of Holly B's life, there were some who couldn't hold back the tears.

Holly Betaudier Jnr. shared some of what he learned from his father over the years: "Don't be worried too much about tomorrow and handle it, just handle it. Don't be worried. That's the main thing."

According to friend and colleague Jones P Madeira, Monday's rainfall was nothing more than a good sign.

"It is not that the skies have opened up and are very sad. They are in fact showers of blessing for a great soul who Arima would miss obviously but who Arima recognises has lived a full life and not for himself alone, but for all those others he helped."

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia, who is also the Member of Parliament for Arima, spoke to reporters before Holly B's send-off.

He said apart from being a cultural icon, he was also a well-known historian.

"I remember sitting at functions at the Arima Borough Council where Holly would recount the history of Arima and in fact, he had a very good grasp of all that went on in the early days, even the days when we had the horse and buggy, he would recount very vividly all the things that went on."

Minister Garcia said he's going to have discussions with the Arima Mayor and members of the Council to do something that will recognise all of the contributions Holly B made to T&T and Arima.

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