Danny Williams was a real community man
It was exactly 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, when the congregation at the Spalding United Church in Clarendon was asked to stand to allow for the opening sentences from the Reverend Oliver Daley, officiating minister at a service of thanksgiving for the life of Danny Errol Williams.
Williams passed away peacefully on August 21.
The scores of mourners, headed by Member of Parliament Richard Azan, crammed the church to hear glowing tributes paid to the late Spalding businessman.
The Reverend Ancerd Williams remembered Williams as a true friend. He noted that all who knew the late businessman should seek to use time to reflect on the good times and the good things shared with him.
"Danny was a kind man who sacrificed his well-being to help others. He was with me every Saturday, helping on the farm while I did agriculture in St Elizabeth. He was a dedicated worker. He was a master printer who did not accept mediocrity. He was a real community man who served Spalding and its environs well," said Williams.
Azan described Williams as a special person. Azan noted that Williams, who operated a small printery in Spalding, took pride in all his jobs and he never took time off as he worked around the clock.
"He did not know how to say no when he got jobs. He was a peacemaker, was never known as an adversary. He was a committed man of God who ensured that he was always on time for services," said Azan.
Delivering Williams' eulogy, Juliet Whyte and Damion Jones told mourners that Williams came from humble beginnings.
"He had a passion for children and was very kind to persons, especially children. He spent all his time in his printery business and ensured that his work was well done," said Whyte.
Daley, while delivering the sermon, told mourners that their lives were under scrutiny and that one day, they all would end up before the Throne of God.
He reminded mourners that it is appointed to man once to die, but after death is the judgment.
"All will appear before God to answer to all the deeds we have done. We all have an obligation to live holy lives so that we will hear 'well done, thou good and faithful servant," said Daley.
Following the thanksgiving service, Williams' body was interred at the Spalding United Church Cemetery. He leaves behind adopted children, other relatives, and close friends.