Church packed for Perinchief funeral
It was anticipated there might be a big turnout for the funeral this week of Edwin Collington (Collie) Perinchief, JP. However it proved to be massive, as family, friends and colleagues near and far Island-wide, and from abroad packed St. James Parish Church to capacity, and with just as many on the outside of the sanctuary.
Collie was four months short of celebrating his 80th birthday when he succumbed on January 8, to a debilitating illness that slowed him down but did not entirely stop him. He was a scion of one of the first families of Sandys Parish. He was a prominent Free Mason of the Irish Constitution; a key player in the Sandys Rotary Club; an Honorary Member of Somerset Cricket Club. And over and above all else he was a devoted family man, married for 54 years to a similarly vibrant Sally Perinchief, mother of their three children.
Parish Rector, the Ven. Dr. Arnold Hollis, conducted the service, assisted by Fr. Carl Williams. Collie’s nephew, Dr. Glen Bascome, a Sandys Secondary School lecturer. He cited how Collie despite his ‘first family’ situation before attending classes at West End Primary School and Sandys Secondary, he had to get up early as part of his chores was attending to the horses, since his parents had a horse and buggy business, strategically established on the north eastern end of the old Royal Naval Field. Somerset Cricket Club originally was at the southern end of what was in fact the epicentre of social and sports activities in the west end.
The horse and buggy business evolved into an automobile-taxi operation; and Collington’s job was responsibility for keeping the fleet running. At age 19, he embarked on a successful career at The Bermuda Telephone Company that spanned 44 years. He began as a PBX technician responsible for building, installing and maintaining communications systems throughout Bermuda. That journey provided him with the opportunity to travel throughout the world on numerous Communications and Data Courses.
Dr. Bascome said his uncle’s firm belief in the power knowledge and lifelong learning equipped him to move from a Telco supervisor, to manager and finally assistant general manager. He also was a master electrician who took pride in his work meriting the esteem of his felloworkers.
Other tributes were forthcoming from Rt. Wor. St. Brinkey Tucker the Provinical Grand Master of Irish: Lodges in Bermuda; Dennis Tucker on behalf of Sandys Rotary Club; and family members. Bro. Tucker highlighted Collington’s mesonic career, beginning in Abercorn Lodge, No. 123 Hamilton, where he became Master and served many years as treasurer. Upon consecration of the Provincial Grand Lodge, he was honoured as a Very Wor. Brother and Officer.
Scotland to some Bermudians may seem like a long way from home to go and get married. But it was not the case for globe-trotting Jamila Karen Rondel Moore, the daughter of Mrs Josandia Bean of Southampton East and granddaughter of Mrs Joan Moore.
Jamila became the wife of Bermudian Lee Robin (Robbie) Fox, Jr., of St. George’s in an eye-catching ceremony on Christmas Eve in Scotland’s Leith Registrar’s Office. They are both in that part of the world seeking broader horizons in their chosen fields.
The bride is studying Forensic Science and qualifications as a Legal Secretary with an emphasis on Criminal Law. They are areas in which she’s not unfamiliar, having spent time working in the law offices of APPLEBY and Cox, Wilkinson and Hallett.
Jamila is a graduate of Prospect Primary and Berkeley Institute. And among her other accomplishments was the year she spent in China teaching speech. She was accompanied on that journey by her daughter Ma’az Se’lah Josandia Marie Moore.
Robbie is a skilled motor mechanic and is pursuing certification for his work.
Jamila was given in marriage by her mother. Her brother Calvin Bean, a Bermuda Regiment volunteer and NCO, who flew with the family to brave Scotland’s wintry elements, was the groom’s best man.