Guid­ance coun­sel­lor Jacque­line Whilby at­tends to John Wil­son, goal­keeper for the St Ge­orge’s Col­lege foot­ball team, and school­mate Leonardo Cunningham yes­ter­day at the thanks­giv­ing de­vo­tion for the life of the school’s foot­ball cap­tain, Do­minic James, who

St Ge­orge’s mourns pass­ing of Man­ning Cup team cap­tain

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - An­dré Poyser Staff Re­porter

IN AN at­mos­phere punc­tu­ated by the silent suf­fer­ing of mourn­ing stu­dents and staff at St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, the most en­dur­ing im­age was the em­brace of the school’s foot­ball coach Neville Bell and the young boys un­der his charge.

Sur­rounded by the mem­bers of the team, Bell boldly ex­pressed his de­sire for them to press on with the re­main­ing matches in the ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

That show of strength de­fied the pal­pa­ble grief ex­pressed by stu­dents and staff of the North Street-based in­sti­tu­tion who gath­ered at the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral for a thanks­giv­ing de­vo­tion for the school’s Man­ning Cup team cap­tain, Do­minic James, who died on Tues­day after col­laps­ing early into a foot­ball match with ri­val Ex­cel­sior High School.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ruel Reid, in bring­ing trib­utes, shared per­sonal rec­ol­lec­tions of his in­ter­ac­tion with James dur­ing his time as prin­ci­pal at Ja­maica Col­lege. James was a stu­dent at Ja­maica Col­lege be­fore trans­fer­ring to St Ge­orge’s Col­lege.

“When I was prin­ci­pal, lead­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of Ja­maica Col­lege, I re­mem­ber him as a shin­ing ex­am­ple be­cause he had all of the qual­i­ties we were try­ing to in­still in the stu­dents,” he said.

Reid’s op­po­si­tion coun­ter­part, the Rev­erend Ron­ald Th­waites, em­pha­sised the spirit of unity and to­geth­er­ness while laud­ing Neville Bell for his courage

“We pray this morn­ing for strength, strength amid our fears, and when the St Ge­orge’s team takes the field on Fri­day, we pray they will play with vigour,” he said.

Pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (JTA) Howard Isaacs, in bring­ing his mes­sage to the grieving St Ge­orge’s Col­lege com­mu­nity, en­cour­aged staff and stu­dents to sup­port each other as they mourned. “The JTA stands in sol­i­dar­ity with you,” he said. Isaacs ad­dressed Bell di­rectly, urg­ing him to re­main strong for the mem­bers of the Man­ning Cup team.

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PHO­TOS BY IAN ALLEN/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

The grief they feel weighs heav­ily on the en­tire stu­dent body. St Ge­orge’s Col­lege foot­ball coach Neville Bell (left) is con­soled by Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ruel Reid dur­ing a de­vo­tion held at the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral yes­ter­day after the death of the school’s foot­ball cap­tain, Do­minic James, on Tues­day. Grieving St Ge­orge’s Col­lege stu­dents. For­mer Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and St Ge­orge’s Col­lege old boy Ron­ald Th­waites (right) con­soles sev­eral St Ge­orge’s Col­lege stu­dents dur­ing a de­vo­tion held fol­low­ing the death of the school’s foot­ball cap­tain.

ABOVE: Neville Bell con­soles a St Ge­orge’s Col­lege stu­dent.

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