We have lost one of the best – Spot Val­ley prin­ci­pal

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU NE OF our best is gone,” said a sad­dened An­gella Wil­liams, prin­ci­pal of Spot Val­ley High School in St James, in her ini­tial re­ac­tion to the un­for­tu­nate death of the school’s Un­der-19 bas­ket­ball player Say­mar Ram­say, who died of a heart fail­ure last Fri­day.

“The news of his sud­den and most un­ex­pected pass­ing took me by ut­ter sur­prise,” Wil­liams said.

“I knew him as a very hum­ble stu­dent, who you could de­pend on to as­sist with any task. He was such a beau­ti­ful soul and I feel deep sor­row for his fam­ily, who will have to live with­out his pres­ence,” she told The Gleaner at a spe­cial de­vo­tion ded­i­cated to his mem­ory yes­ter­day.

The 17-year-old was among his team­mates aboard the school bus en route from an ISSA West­ern Con­fer­ence U-19 Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship game against Corn­wall Col­lege, when he sud­denly fell ill, slumped in his seat, and be­came un­re­spon­sive.

Bus driver Len­worth Gayle said he drove di­rectly to the nearby Hospiten med­i­cal fa­cil­ity at Rose Hall, where a team of doc­tors tried to re­vive him. News fil­tered out that he had died while un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

“We all were shocked; this could have been any one of us. But know­ing it was this young man was truly heart-wrench­ing be­cause he was such a quiet per­son. A real good youth has passed. May God bless his soul,” said Gayle.

Mean­while, tears flowed Spot Val­ley High School teach­ers em­brace in a mo­ment of grief dur­ing a spe­cial de­vo­tion in re­mem­brance of Say­mar Ram­say, the school’s bas­ket­ball player who died Fri­day of a heart at­tack.

openly at the spe­cial re­mem­brance ser­vice, as teach­ers and stu­dents tried their best to com­fort each other.

Wil­liams re­counted Ram­say’s daily rou­tine. She said he walked to school and back home from the com­mu­nity of

Spot Val­ley High School prin­ci­pal An­gella Wil­liams.


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