Brian Powell never stopped trying
MALVERN, St Elizabeth - He will always be remembered as the trustworthy taximan who took children to school and carried adults to and fro in his white Toyota Corolla.
During the thanksgiving service for his life, held at the Stanmore United Pentecostal Church on June 15, Brian Oliver Powell was also remembered as a hard-working, God-fearing man and a good father, husband, family man and friend.
Born July 11, 1965 to parents Alton Powell and the late Yvonne Findlay, the young Brian Powell was described by his aunt-in-law and eulogist Hortense Powell as a strong-willed child who liked to lead.
He received his formal education at the St Albans All-Age School and attended the Stanmore United Pentecostal Church.
On leaving school he joined his father in farming before working for several years with a local medical doctor.
He later returned to farming and then joined with his late brother Rohan Powell in purchasing a car which they used as a taxi.
According to Hortense Powell, "Brian never stopped trying," and on two occasions travelled to North America on the farm work programme.
His taxi service evolved to a charter system where he transported children to and from schools in Santa Cruz, and his neighbours to funerals, functions and "short-distance occasions".
"He was very willing, not saying 'no' as long as his car is in good standing," recalled the eulogist.
She described Brian as one who "loved sport, especially cricket" and he was also a good actor -- a talent which he demonstrated at church and community socials.
Always close to his roots, Brian's favourite meal was said to be red peas soup with corned pork.
As a very young man, Brian developed a romantic relationship with Maxine Findlay and the union produced his two children, Jodian and Tasheena.
In March, 2013, he got married to Ione Dennis. An elated Hortense Powell told the congregation that Brian was baptised on June 16, 2013 and "received the gift of the Holy Ghost" in January this year.
"Since then Brian had been an ardent member, attending services..." she told mourners.
On May 25, Brian fell ill and was rushed to hospital. He died in hospital two days later.
He was buried at the St Albans Church Cemetery.
Brian Powell is survived by his wife Ione, father Alton, grandmother Rita, children Jodian and Tasheena, grandchildren Sangaky and Zaik, stepchildren Oge and Natiece, sisters Bethune and Shanae, brother Raheem, other relatives and friends.
-- Garfield Myers