Herbert Yearwood

Herbert Elwin Yearwood
4 October, 1936 – 15 June, 2024
Husband of Kathy Yearwood.
Father of David and Sally Yearwood (Philip Ramsey).
Grandfather of Nathaniel, Mason and Adrianna Yearwood.
Brother of Vivienne Grant (Frederick Grant), Beverley and Carol Yearwood.

Herbie will be missed by his many family members, friends, and colleagues.

A memorial service of celebration and thanksgiving will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations to the St. Luke’s Building Fund will be graciously accepted in Herbie’s honour.

The family invites you to view the live streaming of the service; to view, please click here.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Psalm 73:26

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Jun 25 2024


8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 25 2024
  • Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


St. Luke's Anglican Church
St. Luke's Anglican Church
St. Luke's Anglican Church, Brighton, Barbados

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George Griffith
George Griffith
(246) 426-4170

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Anderson Connell Anderson Connell wrote on June 25, 2024 at 8:20 pm
Herbert 'Herbie' Yearwood, you were an exceptional human being. In your own way, you always put people and Barbados, before politics and self, during your time as DHC to the UK. You have left a powerful legacy and a very high bar for others to aim at in delivering service to others. You have delivered faithfully my friend, now it's your time to rest peacefully in that beautiful paradise in the great beyond.

Sincere condolences to the family and friends.

Penelope Parkin Penelope Parkin wrote on June 25, 2024 at 7:31 pm
Sincere condolences to Kathy and all of Herbie's family, friends and associates from one who so appreciated Herbie during his UK High Commission days.
Penny Parkin (nee Ward).
Michael Best and Family Michael Best and Family wrote on June 24, 2024 at 3:46 pm
Our deepest sympathy to the Family. Mr Yearwood has made a significant contribution to the people of Barbados and beyond. He will be greatly missed. May he Rest In Peace.

Mike Best, former Editor-in-Chief, Voice Newspaper Group, London; former Secretary, Anglo West Indians, Oldham, Lancashire, UK and Second Generations of Barbadians and Friends, Birmingham, UK.
Paul Phoenix Paul Phoenix wrote on June 24, 2024 at 3:33 pm
Herbert Yearwood was Barbados’ Deputy High Commissioner, in the UK, from 1995 to 2005.

In 1995, The Barbados (UK) community felt immediately that Herbie was the right person for the job at the right time. We knew that Herbie’s personal qualities of reliability, fair- play, openness and perseverance, particularly in difficult situations were desperately needed in our UK community.

Our Barbados (UK) community had been functioning for more than 30 years in every area of the British Establishment. We had years of personal experience and understanding of the NHS; Education; Local and Central Government; Charities and large multinationals. Also, our many Barbados (UK) Voluntary Associations had been functioning for more than 25 years, and in most cases, needed fresh motivation and direction: it was an exciting, hopeful time!

Herbie and High Commissioner, Peter Simmons set up advisory groups to the Barbados High Commission to achieve their objectives, mainly in Education, Health and Welfare, Trade and Commerce and The Arts. All Caribbean, UK High Commissions supported these projects.

Barbados in particular benefited from the advisory groups’ activities, namely:

a) Trade and Commerce. Barbados Expo 2000 at London’s Excel Centre. Exhibitors from Barbados attended this 3 day event, the first of its kind in the UK.

b) Health and Welfare. This group with joint UK funding was set up to support free mammograms and cervical cancer prevention clinics in Barbados.

c) Friends of Barbados Art Initiative. Mrs Kathy Yearwood promoted and Invited artists such as Virgil, Broodhagn, David Innis, and Itan to showcase their Art in notable galleries in London.

In all of this, Herbie Yearwood received the usual negative comments and distractions from a few professional critics and objectors. Herbie, however, soon dismissed these persons in his usual, well known, effective, ‘unprintable style!’

Thankfully, on the 9th of December 2023, the Herbie Yearwood Project Team (UK), in London hosted a successful ‘thank you’ party for Herbie’s family, friends and past project participants. It was a lovely reunion and Herbie was in good form.

Herbie is now at peace. He was getting tired – a cure was not to be.

God placed his arm around him and whispered “come with me.”

From the Herbie Yearwood’s Projects Team, London, June 2024.

Shirley Chase
Phyllis Chase
Andy Connell
Felix Grant
Deborah Greer
Gary Greer
Esther Holmes
Stacy Lee
John Lorde
Dalton McConney
Audrey McCracken
Joy Manyan
Sylvia McLean
Anne Okokon
Paul Phoenix
Shermane Peters
Cecil Reid
Sherlene Rudder
Gilmore Smith
Eleanor Small
Maria Springer
Oriel Weekes
Quinzel Herbert Quinzel Herbert wrote on June 24, 2024 at 12:30 pm
"Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one's life for one's family, friends and party. This verse encapsulates the ultimate expression of love and friendship. Selflessness in friendship is a trait that is beyond measure. Gratitude for Herbie who broke all the rules of engagement and by going above and beyond all boundaries, reflects his understanding of sacrificial love. It encourages us to love and value our friends and comrades more profoundly He was a BLP soldier who fought for his Party and Christ Church West Constituency Branch and carried his weapons with integrity.

Rest In Peace my friend and comrade.
Paul Phoenix Paul Phoenix wrote on June 24, 2024 at 9:22 am
Thank you Herbie for being You. You will live in our hearts always Thank you for your guidance and your time.
Michelle&Mark Adaszynski Michelle&Mark Adaszynski wrote on June 24, 2024 at 3:14 am
Our condolences goes out to the Yearwood family.
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard but always near,
Still loved, still missed and
Still so very dear.

Michelle & Mark( Australia)
Aldwin and Lucille Grant Aldwin and Lucille Grant wrote on June 23, 2024 at 7:18 pm
Our deepest sympathy to the family.
May his soul rest in peace.
Melanie Rudder Melanie Rudder wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:59 pm
A wonderful man who will be missed by plenty. Always there to help and never said no! My condolences to his family and all his many friends. Rest In perfect peace.
Sherlene Rudder Sherlene Rudder wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:57 pm
I feel adrift without his guiding hand. But grateful that he is no longer in pain. Thanks to his family for allowing us to share this remarkable man. His contribution to Barbados and the UK community is second to none. Rest in peace dear Herbie.
Frank Sincler Frank Sincler wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:47 pm
Herbie was a good man. He will be missed.
Vivienne & Winston Belgrave Vivienne & Winston Belgrave wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:45 pm
Sad to hear the passing of Mr Yearwood. He was a good friend of Celeste Nri and loyal supporter of the Age Activity Centre whilst in England. Condolences to the family. May he RIP.
Neville & Olivia Blackett Neville & Olivia Blackett wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:43 pm
Our deepest condolences to the Yearwood family. Herbie was one of the best Deputy High Commissioners in London.
Lloyd Boxhill Lloyd Boxhill wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:42 pm
Deepest sympathy to the Yearwood family. He was one of the greatest to leave these shores.
Janelle Thornhill (NYC) Janelle Thornhill (NYC) wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:40 pm
A long blessed life. Now, rest in peace.
Rhonnelle Smith Rhonnelle Smith wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:40 pm
Herbie was a giant, his burdens have been lifted, now he can rest in peace.
Barbara & Victor Brewster Barbara & Victor Brewster wrote on June 23, 2024 at 1:38 pm
Victor and I are truly saddened to hear our dear friend has passed. We offer sincere condolences to family and friends. Those we love, never truly leave us, they are things that death cannot touch as the memories live on. May he rest in internal peace.
Henry S Fraser Henry S Fraser wrote on June 23, 2024 at 11:02 am
Our sincere sympathy, Kathy

Very best wishes ... Henry and Maureen
Barbara Brewster on behalf of West Indian families and friends Association Barbara Brewster on behalf of West Indian families and friends Association wrote on June 23, 2024 at 3:55 am
I humbly and gratefully offer this tribute to Mr Herbert Yearwood, on behalf of West Indian Friends and Families Association, and as a former vice president and a secretary of the association.
The West Indian Families and Friends Association (WIFFA) has been in existence since 1985.
On Mr Yearwood’s appointment as deputy, High Commissioner in 1995, he hit the ground running by connecting not only with WIFFA but with other voluntary organisations
Herbie as we all lovingly and familiarly called him, was dedicated and committed to the diaspora.
He approached his duties with sincerity and dedication and never did he compromise his beliefs nor lose the focus of his purpose
His energy and work ethic were legendary and exemplary and were the envy of those of us who were less endowed
He never failed to respond to an invitation whether it be a a church service, a fundraising event or a funeral, neither did he ever fail to assist in whatever capacity he was needed. Mr Yearwood was always a great champion of the diaspora and WIFFA was one of the many organisations which benefited from his extensive knowledge and expertise.
His assistance and advice were always tendered with words of dry humour, delivered in a way that only he could, often leaving those who were not as familiar with him amazed
Herbie was as funny as he was loyal
He was also well known for his organisational skills, and his ability to bring teams together to achieve a common gold
These attributes were sorely missed when his appointment to the High Commission ended
Nevertheless his legacy lives on in the hearts , minds and actions of all of us who were fortunate to have met him.
May he rest in eternal peace.
Shirley Brathwaite Shirley Brathwaite wrote on June 22, 2024 at 2:29 pm
My deepest sympathy to Viv, Bev, Carol. Kathy and all your families. May the memories formed over your years together keep him forever in your heart.
Sorry I cannot be there with you.
Shirley Brathwaite (Ottawa).
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