A de­voted fam­ily man

Jamaica Gleaner - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Prin­ci­ples such as hon­esty, in­tegrity, hu­mil­ity, ded­i­ca­tion, hard work, love and re­spect are more than just buzz words for the chil­dren of Sa­muel Joseph Ebanks. These words are em­bed­ded in their lives be­cause of the lessons taught by Sa­muel, ver­bally and in the way he lived. His chil­dren have vowed to emu­late him and to pass on the legacy of his life for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Sandy, Cap, Dada, as he was af­fec­tion­ately called, was born in Flaga­man, South St El­iz­a­beth, to Ivan and Edna Ebanks on Oc­to­ber 12, 1956.

As a boy, Sandy was very in­dus­tri­ous and in­no­va­tive. He made toys that chil­dren in the com­mu­nity took pride in own­ing be­cause they had a sig­na­ture state­ment about them. Af­ter his stint at Pe­dro Plains Pri­mary School, Sandy joined his brothers in farm­ing. He loved it and was good at it.

In 1975 while play­ing a game of ‘Are you my lover?’, his eyes fell on the love of his life. With his usual bravado, he ap­proached her and asked, “Are you my lover?”

Blush­ing, Verona ran away but re­turned to the com­mu­nity later and ac­cepted the real pro­posal to be Cap’s wife.

The union of 40 years was very fruit­ful and pro­duced four chil­dren – three boys and one girl.

Cap was a de­vout fam­ily man; he al­ways did what was best for his fam­ily.

He en­sured that all his chil­dren ac­cessed ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

His son Dwight, re­mem­bers him as an ex­cel­lent fa­ther, one who cared for and pro­tected his chil­dren. He nur­tured them and made them be­lieve in them­selves even when oth­ers didn’t. He ex­pressed his love in words and deeds. He did the same for his grand­chil­dren. His ad­vice and coun­selling have been and will con­tinue to be their guid­ing light and source of in­spi­ra­tion.

Sa­muel was a prin­ci­pled man who be­lieved that per­sons should work for what they want. He was not one to re­ceive or give hand­outs, yet he was will­ing to help those who were truly less for­tu­nate. He was very sup­port­ive and re­spect­ful and this earned him the ad­mi­ra­tion and re­spect of oth­ers. His em­ploy­ees were will­ing to put their lives on the line for him.

The fam­ily and friends of Sa­muel Ebanks mourn his pass­ing, but are com­forted by the foot­prints he has left to guide them on their way.

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