In­grid Brown re­mem­bered for pas­sion, drive and com­mit­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Christo­pher Serju Gleaner Writer christo­pher.serju@glean­erjm.com

IN­GRID LUCRECIA Si­mone Brown packed much more liv­ing into 39 years than most peo­ple ever do – help­ing oth­ers while ex­celling pro­fes­sion­ally.

She was def­i­nitely “from the class of the ex­tra­or­di­nary”, fam­ily mem­bers, friends and col­leagues heard dur­ing yes­ter­day’s thanks­giv­ing ser­vice for the life of the multi-award-win­ning jour­nal­ist who died on Septem­ber 22.

“In­grid had no part in late­ness, ab­sen­teeism, un­pre­pared­ness or fail­ure. She was from the class of the ex­tra­or­di­nary. She was well loved, ad­mired and re­spected for her in­tel­li­gence, ma­tu­rity and pre­pared­ness and valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to le­gal dis­course,” Rose Cameron, a lec­turer in the Fac­ulty of Law at the Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona cam­pus, re­called of the stu­dent whose pas­sion was un­matched among her peers.

Brown, who com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Laws de­gree on July 1, 2016, study­ing full-time while work­ing at the Ja­maica Observer as as­so­ciate ed­i­tor – spe­cial as­sign­ment, was “des­tined for great­ness”, Kim­ber­lee Deer said of her aunt.

This was be­fore the mother of two, who was also a grand­mother, suc­cumbed to an au­toim­mune disease which af­fected her liver, on Septem­ber 22.

In fact, the jour­nal­ist-cum-lawyer was ac­cepted to the Nor­man Man­ley Law School and was al­ready well re­garded for her sk­il­ful rea­son­ing abil­ity.

MADE EF­FORT TO BRING CHANGE

Ver­non David­son, ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor – pub­li­ca­tions at the Ja­maica Observer, noted that Brown was not sat­is­fied with just in­form­ing, ed­u­cat­ing and en­ter­tain­ing but made ev­ery ef­fort to bring “change for good” through her work. He said the hu­man in­ter­est beat was a nat­u­ral fit, given the St Cather­ine na­tive’s pas­sion and com­pas­sion for poor and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple.

De­spite serv­ing a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions while work­ing and study­ing, Brown man­aged to main­tain her pro­fes­sion­al­ism, bal­anc­ing fam­ily life with ex­em­plary work ethics, the con­gre­ga­tion at the Fel­low­ship Taber­na­cle in St An­drew heard.

Dianne Da­ley McClure, of the Ja­maican Copy­right Li­cens­ing Agency, on whose board the se­nior jour­nal­ist rep­re­sented the Press As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica, re­mem­bered Brown as a very ded­i­cated and ac­tive mem­ber.

“Her con­tri­bu­tions to the de­lib­er­a­tions were al­ways care­fully thought out, mea­sured and wise. In­grid was pas­sion­ate, fo­cused and fair,” Da­ley McClure said.

The Reverend Mer­rick ‘Al’ Miller, founder of Fel­low­ship Taber­na­cle where Brown wor­shipped, re­counted the many hours spent talk­ing with her, not­ing that she was al­ways “hun­gry to do right”.

In­grid Brown’s fa­ther, Eric Brown, and her sis­ter, Icelda Brown, mourn at the Fel­low­ship Taber­na­cle in St An­drew yes­ter­day.

PHO­TOS BY PA­TRICK PLANTER/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

The cof­fin con­tain­ing the body of In­grid Brown is taken from Fel­low­ship Taber­na­cle in St An­drew dur­ing her funeral yes­ter­day.

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