Gombeys formed a guard of honour as Louise Jackson's coffin was brought in to the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Hamilton on Saturday morning. *Photo by Nicola Muirhead
Gombeys formed a guard of honour as Louise Jackson's coffin was brought in to the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Hamilton on Saturday morning. *Photo by Nicola Muirhead

*Photos by Nicola Muirhead


Attendees at a celebration of the life of retired politician Louise Jackson heard how she was fierce yet loving.

The funeral, held at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, was standing room only. Islanders, politicians and dignitaries such as Premier Craig Cannonier, Governor George Ferguson along with former premiers Sir John Swan, Dame Jennifer Smith and Alex Scott filled the church to pay their respects to the former teacher.

A procession of clergymen marked the start of the funeral, and H&H Gombeys formed a guard of honour as the casket was taken from the hearse to the church.

Delivering her eulogy, former MP John Barritt called Mrs Jackson a champion for seniors and ageism. Mr Barritt said Mrs Jackson didn't hold youth or inexperience against any politician.

He also said that in the future, when health and seniors meetings are held, people will be ask 'what would Louise say?'
At the end of the eulogy, Mr Barritt said: “Geeze Louise, you did it and you did it well girl. Very well. I love you and will miss you. Rest in peace.”

Ruth Thomas referred to Mrs Jackson as 'Weezie' and said: "We can almost hear the music as you and your beloved Albert dance in the skies."

She continued: “This lady has been called away and although her unexpected passing has shaken us to the core, I don’t think she would want us to be sorrowful. This isn't death, it’s glory. It isn’t darkness, it’s light.

“We thank Louise for her contributions and for the rich legacy she has given us. Au revoir my dear friend. We shall miss you.”

Daughter Deborah Jackson gave a tribute on behalf of the family and told many stories about her mother who enjoyed deep sea fishing, golfing and playing cards with her friends.

“Thank you for being here with us today, honouring our mother. ON behalf of my family, we would like to thank you for the outpouring of love and sympathy.”

Ms Jackson told the crowd that growing up, it seemed her mother had super powers because she led a busy life and found time to be a great mother. 

“I believe her power was love. She really loved. Not in a cuddly, cookie baking kind of way. She loved fiercely.”

Ms Jackson told a story of finding an old passport in which her mother listed her occupation as 'housewife'. 

"So today, we say farewell and thank you to Bermuda's most well-known housewife, our beloved mother, Louise Anne Carpenter Jackson."

H&H Gombeys then performed outside the church once the family and the hearse left. Spectators lined the street outside of the church to watch the recessional. 

Those who attended the funeral aside from most of the dignitaries stayed outside and watched the Gombeys perform until the celebration moved to City Hall for refreshments.