D'Angel father to be buried today

August 31, 2016

The service of thanksgiving to celebrate the life of the late Noel ‘Clive’ Downer, father of recording artiste Michelle ‘D Angel’ Downer, will be held today at midday.

The historic Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega, situated at the corner of Barrett Street and Red Church Street in Spanish Town, St Catherine, will host the service.

Born and raised in Spanish Town, Mr Downer, an entrepreneur, died at hospital on August 9  from injuries he sustained after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Old Harbour main road in St Catherine.

Downer, 70, has been hailed as a loving, supportive father to his four daughters, Nadine, Joan, Peta-Gaye and Michelle, who have said in a joint statement that he was "a wonderful father who was fun to be around, an honourable man and a blessing to all who came in contact with him". He is remembered as the father who took the decision to stay in Jamaica in order to be close to his daughters, rather than migrate to Canada, as his other siblings had done.

In announcing the funeral arrangements, D'Angel took time to point out that it is with a deep sense of pride and humility that she has been chosen to live her father's dream. "My father always wanted to be a singer, but he was shy and avoided the spotlight, so he was immensely proud that I took the baton from him. In a sense he was able to realise that dream through me," she explained.

D'Angel also expressed her heartfelt thanks to the music fraternity, her co-workers, and her fans who have been supporting her in her time of grief. The internment takes place at Dovecot Memorial Park.

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