Mayor weeps for Captain Burrell
Mayor of Lucea Sheridan Samuels had to take a one-hour break from the monthly meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation (HMC) last Thursday as he became overwhelmed with emotions while paying tribute to Captain Horace Burrell, the recently deceased Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president.
Samuels, who is also chairman of the HMC and president of the Hanover Football Association, chaired the meeting up to the point on the agenda where the chairman is required to make his announcements.
"Right at this moment I am grieving at the passing on Tuesday of my friend and fellow football administrator, Captain Horace Burrell. Captain Burrell was more than a retired army captain; he was the captain of our team, the nation's football programme, the team that earned for Jamaica's football, respect, recognition and reasons to dream big," he said.
"On a personal level, Captain Burrell believed in me. He presented me with the opportunity to travel the world to represent our country at various times," he stated. "This opportunity given to me by Captain Burrell has prolonged my football career from player to administrator," he added.
As the mayor spoke about Burrell, tears welled up in his eyes and then flowed down his cheeks. Deputy Mayor, Andria Dehaney-Dinham was asked to take over the meeting, with her stint in the chair lasting for exactly one hour.
This is the second time that Mayor Samuels has been overwhelmed with emotions during a council meeting. During his installation ceremony in November 2016, while delivering his maiden address, he broke down in tears and had to be consoled by his children.