Fa­ther wishes for cheer­ful fu­neral

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Shayne Fair­man

WEAR­ING HIS de­ceased son’s num­ber 7 jersey yes­ter­day, fa­ther David re­vealed to The Gleaner that he would like to­day’s thanks­giv­ing ser­vice for the life of his only child, Do­minic James, to be cheer­ful.

The fu­neral will take place at the Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral, lo­cated on Ge­orge Headley Road in Kingston, ad­ja­cent to St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, at 10:00 a.m.

“I would like the ser­vice to be cheer­ful, es­pe­cially given that his life was what it was. I didn’t know that he had made such an im­pact,” said James.

“I just want to give God thanks for his life and the im­pact that he has made on the so­ci­ety,” James told The Gleaner.

James was at­tend­ing the St Ge­orge’s Col­lege ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup match at Winch­ester Park yes­ter­day, where he would nor­mally watch his son train and play foot­ball.

“I would pre­fer not to have to deal with the loss of my son, but I have to ac­cept it now or even­tu­ally. It’s dif­fi­cult. God is our strength, and we’ve got a lot of sup­port from well­wish­ers near and far,” he con­tin­ued.

The for­mer St Ge­orge’s Col­lege cap­tain col­lapsed dur­ing a Man­ning Cup match on Septem­ber 20 and died af­ter be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal just shy of his 19th birth­day on Septem­ber 26.

Speak­ing of the loss of his son, James said: “A huge vac­uum is left in the home, and the home is just not the same.”

HON­OUR­ING DO­MINIC

He added: “We hope that some­thing can be set up in his hon­our. We want to, hope­fully, play a part in as­sist­ing un­for­tu­nate foot­ballers with their aca­demics.”

Be­sides the Flow Su­per Cup Most Valu­able Player award named in hon­our of Do­minic, James was of the view that young­sters who strike the bal­ance be­tween school and aca­demics should be as­sisted in his son’s hon­our.

“We be­lieve in the bal­anc­ing of both books and foot­ball. Thank God for Do­minic, he had nat­u­ral abil­ity,” he stressed.

Yes­ter­day, The Gleaner Com­pany and other or­gan­i­sa­tions pre­sented sym­pa­thetic plaques to the St Ge­orge’s Col­lege team at Winch­ester Park.

David James

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