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When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the great Dr. Pat Bishop. She was a true champion of the steelpan instrument, its music and of culture in general. Dr. Bishop passed away on Saturday August 20 after collapsing at a high-level meeting of her peers in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, convened with the aim of furthering the country’s culture.
Many are sharing their thoughts, memories and knowledge of this irreplaceable individual and historic cultural activist in the realm of the steelband art form, and overall culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
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On behalf of Salah's Steelpan Academy of Montreal, we extend our condolences to the family and friends and the people of Trinidad & Tobago on the passing of the music and Steelpan legend Dr. Pat Bishop... I have had my personal interaction with Pat over the years and I am honoured to have known her to have visited her home and to have had consultations on Pan related issues. Like someone previously said Pat Bishop will be missed way beyond the shores of Trinidad & Tobago.
May Allah have mercy on your soul Pat....R.I.P.
While I was totally distraught to learn of Pat Bishops death, and the dark void her physical departure appears to have left for us in the region, on another level I know, as Matheno said:
"Death is no enemy of man, it is a friend who, when the work of life is done, just cuts the cord that binds the human boat to earth, that it may sail on smoother seas.
No language can describe [ Pat's] worth, but she was not called hence until her tasks were done.
The calls of death are always for the best, for we are solving problems there as well as here; and one is sure to find oneself where one can solve one's problems best.
Then let [Pat] rest in peace. Just let her noble life be strength and inspiration unto you.'"
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dr Pat Bishop and the entire pan movement in Trinidad and Tobago and the Pan world in general.
A true Icon, a formidable woman. Pat Bishop will be missed for her attention to detail and as a true perfectionist. She is the definition of the song 'woman 'is boss'. My condolences to the family of Dr Pat Bishop.