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Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Dame Dr. Bernice Lake, QC
Anguilla’s celebrated and eminent jurist, an exemplary legal luminary who courageously challenged wrongdoings and bravely stood for righteousness - Dame Dr. Bernice Lake, QC, deservingly taken up her place in Heaven. As she stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, she saw a huge wall of clocks behind her.

She asked, "What are all those clocks?"

St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move."

"Oh," said Dame Bernice Lake, a lawyer who desired a more just society, with that distinctive smile, "they must be lawyers, whose clock is that, Mr. Thomas Astaphan?"

"That's Judge Gumbs’ (Brother George Gumbs), the Prophet. The hands have never moved, indicating that he never told a lie."

"Incredible," said Dame Bernice, a noble lady who has done so many good deeds that she was deeply revered by people from all walks of life, humble, accolades of a saint. "And I am sure that other one is mine?"

St. Peter responded, "That's Dr. Pastor Cecil Richardson’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Pastor Cecil Richardson told only two lies in his entire life so far."

An academic who was admired by all academics - pros and cons, a human being who had no greed, no delusion, and never displayed disdain for the oppressed. A true believer of democracy with all her soul and conducts, "Where're the Anguilla Politicians’ clocks?" asked Dame Bernice.

"They are used as turbines, generating electricity" said St. Peter.

An intellectual giant, a masterful advocate, a lady of full integrity, a lawyer who have always desired a more just society, "Good for continued Renewable Energy on Anguilla", she chuckled.

May her soul continue to rest in perpetual peace. 

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