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Glowing tributes at final farewell for Burrell

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMGleaner Writer
Pall bearers Rene Simoes (front left) Horace Reid (front right), Raymond Grant (second right), Peter Prendergast (second left), Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland (third left, partially hidden), and Leighton McKnight (third right) carry the casket from the National Arena following the thanksgiving service for the late Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell yesterday.

Many glowing tributes were paid to the late Jamaica Football Federation president Captain Horace Burrell at his thanksgiving service which was held at the National Arena yesterday.

Hundreds of mourners, headed by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips, former Prime Ministers Portia Simpson Miller, Bruce Golding and Percival Patterson, Minister of Sport Olivia Grange, members of the local and regional sporting fraternity, and former technical director of the Reggae Boyz, Rene Simoes, were there to pay their last respects to the man known as the 'Captain'. Burrell's children Dr Tiphani Burrell-Piggott, Romario and Jaeden were also among the mourners.

Minister Grange said he was a patriot.

"Patriot because of love of country, and he created that might and dedication for the development of Jamaican football," she stated.

Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller noted that she shared a special bond with Burrell as they were cousins, and she believes Jamaica has lost a 'giant'.

"He was a real friend and a consummate nation builder. His ability to open doors for cooperation and support for the benefits of Jamaicans was legendary," Simpson Miller said.




Former technical director, Rene Simies, described Burrell as a "man of class" and a "real top of the line", and said that Jamaica should follow his example and build on his legacy.

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said Burrell was a visionary and a ruthless negotiator.

"He didn't take 'no' for an answer, and I was a victim of this many times", he said.

Former JFF General Secretary Horace Reid, a long-time friend of Burrell, who gave the eulogy, said the Captain developed a keen sense of determination very early and that it carried him through life.

Captain's Bakery employees Norma Fearon-Moody, Alice Gillespie-Clarke and Sharon Irons-Francis called Burrell a mentor and a leader who brought out the best in his employees at all levels.

Earlier, the service started promptly at 10 a.m. with musical tributes from Carlene Davis-Cowan, Ken Boothe, Ernie Smith, Delano McFarlane, Richie Stephens, Dwight Richards and DiMario McDowell.

The body of the beloved Captain was placed at the entrance to the arena for open viewing for an hour before being relocated to the stage area at the front of the audience.

Meanwhile, the interment was held in private at Up Park Camp immediately following the service at the National Arena. Burrell's body was driven to his final resting place by the man who had been his driver for more than 20 years, Alphanso 'Styles' Allen.