ALAN-RAE Jerome Fine was remembered as the perfect child who was always smiling, polite and eager to keep the peace.
This was expressed by best friend Grace-Ann Golding, who read the eulogy at Fine's thanksgiving service at the Family of God Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Sunday, March 24.
"Affectionately called Alan, to us he was the perfect child. Family meant a great deal to him. He loved his mom dearly. Alan grew up in a Christian home and as normal he started his day with prayer, meditation and Bible reading.
"On February 20 his mom asked him to help with some chores before he went to work. He politely responded, 'mom let me do my meditation and read my Psalm first.' That he did, not knowing that it would be his last chore on earth's stage. That night he was taken away from us," recalled Golding, during her reflection on the well-loved fire-fighter who died in a motor vehicle accident two months after his 29th birthday.
His cousin Arielle Sharpie remembered him as a go-getter who was always chasing after what he wanted.
In October 2011, he visited family members in New York in order to experience a snowstorm.
While there he got a call from an aunt in Jamaica who informed him that the Jamaica Fire Department had accepted his application for recruitment and that his training was due to begin shortly.
The son of Juliette Dunbar and Errol Fine who attended Knox College and Dinthill Technical High School successfully completed his training and worked at the York Park Fire Station for approximately a year before his passing.
On the day of his interment at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in Red Pond, St Catherine, a large turnout of fire-fighters in ceremonial garb from across the island joined the other mourners at the well-attended farewell service to give their beloved colleague a fitting memorial send-off.