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Young Joeford remembered

Young Joeford remembered

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It was another solemn day yesterday for the relatives, school mates and teachers of Joeford Garraway, who drowned at Brighton Beach on December 26, 2010.{{more}}

The C.W Prescod Primary School held a memorial service for the 11-year-old boy, whose body has yet to be recovered, at the Kingstown Methodist Church on Monday, January 17.

Teachers and classmates paid tribute to Joeford in song, poetry and musical renditions. The solemn affair was lead by Reverend Adrian Odle, who in delivering the homily said: “This is a reminder that we are never too young to give our lives to God.”

Rev’d Odle said that he hoped the service provided his loved ones with a measure of comfort and peace, and urged them to put their faith in God to get them through their time of grief.

“…God is with us. He has not abandoned you or your family,” he added.

The deceased boy’s grandmother, Yvonne Garraway, also took the opportunity to pay tribute to him.

Garraway, a market vendor, was visibly distressed as she remembered the good times with her grandson, who was obviously dear to her.

“My heart [is] really hurting me. I miss him so much!” she lamented.

Garraway comforted herself in the knowledge that her grandson was not completely lost to her.

“His spirit is still with me… May you rest in peace. I love you, Joeford.”

Hyacinth Harry, Headteacher at the CW Prescod Primary, ended her address prematurely – also overcome with emotion.

Representatives from the Ministry of Education were also present at the memorial service. Senior Education Officer with responsibility for Primary Schools Elizabeth Walker delivered brief remarks.

Walker expressed deep sympathy to Joeford’s family and the students and staff of the school on behalf of her Ministry. She encouraged those who knew and loved him to remember him indulging in the activities he enjoyed – playing football and cricket, and helping out on the family farm.

“He impacted all our lives in some small measure,” she pointed out.

Walker added: “It is natural to experience… sadness. Healing takes time… May his soul rest in peace.” (JV)

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