Owen Jeremiah gave his life to the community

July 16, 2018
Owen Jeremiah

Owen Jeremiah, popularly called Jerry and Muscle, was a member of the William Knibb Baptist Church in Trelawny, for the last 44 years of his life. 

"As a member he was an integral part of the success of two of the Church's auxiliaries. These were the youth club and the Brotherhood." This was part of the Church's remembrance delivered by secretary deacon Lorna Jackson.

"Jerry would load his station wagon with the youth club members whenever they needed transportation from one corner of Jamaica to the other. He was the electrical church keeper for us," she said.

Jerry, who was born on January 7, 1949, died on June 18 after a short illness. The thanksgiving service for his life was held at the William Knibb Baptist Church on Thursday, July 12.

His son Ricardo regrets not learning the electrical skills, "but I will miss you calling me 'Pop', even though you were the worst person to be around when not doing electrical work".

"I will always keep you in my heart," he said.

His niece Franseika Lawrence, in her tribute said, Jerry "was not afraid to confront anyone, including the security guard at the school gate, each morning, when he took me to school. I could depend on him to give me lunch money, always making sure that I did not get a chance to look in the wallet. He was a very kind uncle."

Pastor Wesley 'Bob' Nelson, before singing His Eye Is on the Sparrow, described Jerry as a kind and loving person.

"He was stubborn and once he held on to a point he would drop anchor, never ever giving up despite what others would say," Nelson said.

Jeremiah body was buried in the Martha Brae Cemetery.


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