Saturday 25 January, 2020

Matthew Farley returned to God

Educator, husband, father Matthew Farley passed away this morning.

He was a member of the Restoration Ministries congregation and its pastor, Senator Rev. Dr. David Durant spoke to Loop News.

“We are very sorry at the passing of our dear brother Matthew Farley. It’s difficult for the family, for all of us even as a church family as well because he came back to the Lord, he came back to his family, remarried his wife and really became a very committed believer, a committed brother, a worshipper, a teacher of The Word.

“He will be greatly missed indeed.”

Farley was educated at St. Jude's Mixed School, the Federal High and St. Anthony's. He is a graduate of Erdiston Teachers' College and of UWI, Cave Hill and holds an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in English, Literature and Linguistics with Education Certificate in Educational Management and Administration.

He joined the teaching service in 1973 and has taught at St. John's Mixed; Vauxhall, St. Lawrence and Ellerton Primary. He was Principal at St. Mary's Primary from 1996-2003 and transferred to the Garrison Secondary (now Graydon Sealy) on appointment to the position of Principal in 2003.

Farley also served as the Former Deputy General Secretary of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), as well as President of The Association of Public Primary School Principals and Chairman and Founder of the National Forum on Education.

Though not always popular for his decisions, Farley was missed from the classroom and school halls when he officially retired on August 31, 2014 after 41 years in the teaching profession. 

He leaves his children and wife to mourn his passing.

Dr. Durant said:

“The family accepting the loss is going to be critical because nothing prepares us for the loss of a loved one, even though a person maybe ill and we may see death coming, yet you are not prepared for it when it happens; so I know this will be a very difficult moment for the family and for the Church.

“Coming to grips with the loss will be important for us and then allowing the grieving process to take its place. So that in the final analysis, we can just depend on the grace of God to help us through this period. God is Sovereign.”

And he extended his deepest condolences to the family “for strength, comfort in the time of grief, for the Peace of God to help them through this period of pain, and may they be able to come to a place where they accept the loss of a dear loved one and be assured in their hearts that for Matthew to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That is the comfort we all have to carry now.”

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