Life & Times : Dermot Dockery laid to rest
Mourners who turned up at the Church of the First Born Bethesda Gospel Hall at Hanbury Road in Mandeville, Manchester, recently, to pay their last respects to the late Dermot Dockery at a thanksgiving service, were told by the Reverend J. Christie that all was not lost despite the deceased passing on August 8.
Rev Christie pointed out that that is so because Dockery was able to surrender his life to God before his breath left his body; and that his life was in the hands of God. Christie noted that he regretted Dockery's passing, and added that he was a man of great abilities.
"He was a caring man, a great husband and a loving father. I am happy to know that he surrendered his life to God. I was happy to have introduced Christ to him and that he accepted salvation. He died a peaceful death; and I am happy that his family can rejoice, knowing that the deceased accepted Christ before passing," said Christie in a tribute.
For his part, Dockery's grandson Jemar Wisdom, in a remembrance, described his grandfather as a kind, loving, respectful father. He added that Dockery trusted him like a son, taught him how to be kind, and he was a good role model and a great inspiration.
Dermot Dockery, who was born to Alfred and Ethel Dockery in Hanover on November 20, 1945, was eulogised by Adrienne Foster as a brilliant scholar who loved to operate heavy-duty vehicles.
She said he started shining at the tender age of 19. "He loved when his vehicles were clean and took pride in keeping them clean," said Foster.
Delivering the sermon, the Reverend L.S. Allen, JP, said Dockery surrendering his life to God was better than Bolt winning a gold medal at the recently staged Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Allen stressed that it is a good thing to serve the Lord and that we should give God thanks for us being alive.
"We all should endeavour to have a relationship with God. Death is wicked; it has no sympathy. It does not matter who you are; whether you are a king, queen or prime minister, when death comes you can't trick him. Death is not like a bailiff who you can trick by changing the way you look, by changing your clothes, and so on. When death comes for you, you must go," said Rev Allen.
Dockery left behind widow Sybil, a sister; 10 children (two adopted), 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and other relatives. His remains were interred at his family plot at Melrose in Royal Flat, Manchester.