Cookie laid to rest

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOTPRINTS -

Ma­jor Oswald Brown, oth­er­wise known as ‘Cookie’, ‘Ossie’, ‘Brother Oswald’, ‘Dad’, ‘Daddy’, and ‘Grandpa’ was “a pre­cious gift” to fam­ily and friends.

He was born on April 10, 1952 and was raised by his grand­fa­ther Cyril Cooke in Cata­doupa, St James. As a young boy, ‘Cookie’ moved to Jones Town, Kingston. He later met and mar­ried Mon­ica and the union pro­duced three chil­dren: Kisha-Ann, Karl and Kar­lene. Ma­jor Brown over­came dif­fi­cul­ties with de­ter­mi­na­tion and a keen sense of hu­mour. De­spite ear­lier read­ing prob­lems he was de­ter­mined to suc­ceed, so he started a habit of read­ing daily.

When his daugh­ter Kar­lene was not al­lowed to do the Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion at her school, he en­sured she was prop­erly pre­pared for the exam by send­ing her to ex­tra classes and fur­nish­ing her with ev­ery Com­mon En­trance text on the mar­ket. Cookie be­lieved tak­ing risks was part of life whether it was in busi­ness, at the domino ta­ble or at a board game.

He was an avid reader so he sub­scribed to Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, Newsweek and Pop­u­lar Me­chan­ics. His short­wave ra­dios kept him in­formed of events world­wide.

Un­doubt­edly, be­ing a stu­dent of Trench Town Com­pre­hen­sive High School, where he was head boy, played a ma­jor role in his zest for knowl­edge and guided his ca­reer choice. He re­mained closely con­nected to the school, com­mu­nity and alumni as­so­ci­a­tion up to shortly be­fore he passed away. Cookie joined the Jamaica De­fence Force in 1974 and was pas­sion­ate about his job.

He was able to see beauty even when oth­ers couldn’t. His favourite piece among his col­lec­tions was one by Ken Spencer. His ap­pre­ci­a­tion for art re­flected his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for life and its di­ver­si­ties. He al­ways tried to know what was hap­pen­ing so that he could re­late to ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially young peo­ple.

His chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, in-laws, friends and col­leagues are sad­dened by the pass­ing of this great man, but feel en­riched be­cause of the pos­i­tive im­pact he has had on, and in, their lives. The dis­ci­pline, val­ues, re­spect and love for mankind, de­ter­mi­na­tion and sense of hu­mour are foot­prints that will guide them as they cre­ate their own paths in life.

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