‘Roberts could make a stranger feel hon­oured’

Late Gleaner boss re­mem­bered

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE LATE Christo­pher Roberts, re­tired deputy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The Gleaner Com­pany, was yes­ter­day re­mem­bered not only for his achieve­ments as a pro­fes­sional, but for his abil­ity to con­nect with per­sons from all strata of life, in ad­di­tion to his will to per­sist through life’s chal­lenges.

His abil­ity to make a stranger feel hon­oured was also cel­e­brated at a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice for his life, held at the St An­drew Parish Church, which saw in at­ten­dance, mem­bers of the pri­vate sec­tor, govern­ment, staff from The Gleaner Com­pany (Me­dia) Ltd, among other well-wish­ers. Many fam­ily mem­bers joined in the cel­e­bra­tion of his life, in­clud­ing his widow, Jill.

The Right Reverend Dr Robert Thomp­son, who de­liv­ered the homily, en­cour­aged mourn­ers to keep in mind the ex­em­plary life that Roberts lived and urged them to live God-cen­tred lives.

“Christo­pher was blessed with a good and happy life, trust­ing al­ways in God’s lov­ing em­brace and care. Christo­pher had that spe­cial gift in mak­ing a stranger feel like an hon­oured guest. That’s why he was such a per­fect host. This has made him such a re­mark­able friend, a friend who was never about him­self alone but about the well-be­ing of oth­ers,” he said.

“His last few weeks were quite a strug­gle for him, and I dare say pretty rough. I rest in the fact, how­ever, that he has found his hope in God. This is the hope that this ser­vice of­fers for ev­ery­one who trust in the Lord. We need to keep God’s words close to us as we make our pil­grim­age through life,” he said.

Thomp­son fur­ther en­cour­aged in­di­vid­u­als to take life se­ri­ously and to be help­ful to oth­ers.

“Christo­pher knew that life and death were not just bi­o­log­i­cal facts, they are fun­da­men­tal ex­pe­ri­ences that are bound up in whether we are able to af­firm or deny life it­self. Christo­pher was in love with life that is why he is so in­fec­tious by and large,” he noted.

“Life is pre­cious not only be­cause it can be en­joyed but be­cause it will be gone one day. Chris­tians’ hope is not that once we believe in God that we will be res­cued from the anx­i­eties of pain and de­feat, but what it means is that noth­ing in this world, no power of dark­ness, not even death it­self, can pre­vent us from ful­fill­ing the ul­ti­mate mean­ing of our ex­is­tence which is in Christ Je­sus our Lord.”

Roberts passed away peace­fully on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6.


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