Dennis Rainford was a man of distinction
DENNIS Windsor Rainford, former employee of the Jamaica Information Service and Caymanas Track Limited, was remembered last month as a stalwart who not only served the Government broadcasting company with distinction, but was also a loving and kind individual.
A thanksgiving service celebrating his life was held at St Andrew Parish Church in Half-Way-Tree on December 13 last year.
Rainford passed away weeks before. He was 66-years-old.
A musical prelude prior to the official start of the service featuring gospel singer Carlene Davis, soothed mourners as she effortlessly glided through renditions of popular hymns and spirituals.
Davis's husband and close friend of Rainford since 1954, Tommy Cowan, described Rainford as a fighter.
"My wife prefers I call him a champion. We have been friends since 1954. I came to Kingston for the second time and when I came to Delacree Road to my aunt, she said 'You can go to the gate and look out'. I had just gotten a pair of shoes from the United States and this little boy just kept looking at my shoes. Dennis kept looking at my shoes. That's how we first became friends," Cowan recalled.
He also made mention of Rainford's confidence even in the face of adversity.
"He was always a positive person even in his last days. He was confident. He was a confident person. Dennis was a connector. Over the years, Dennis kept his friends connected. He would call and say, 'Listen, you need to call George. He is not well'," Cowan added.
"Dennis took the photos at my wedding. When he was taking your photos, he always wanted to fix you and set your tie. Dennis was great at that," he said.
Joan French, Rainford's elder sister, offered the remembrance.
According to French, her brother was a technical man; she believes if he had sought to attain higher education after graduating from Kingston College (KC), he would have served in a technical field in Jamaica.
"From his early years, he expressed a technical gift. To my recollection, when he was around six, he pulled a bicycle down and put it back together. Had he completed his course at CASE, after abandoning it to earn an income, I believe he would have had a technical job," French said.
She added that he showed how brave an individual he was when he fought the sickness which eventually took his life on November 22.
"During his illness, he always spoke with his KC motto: Cadere Cetere Non Potest — The Brave May Fall But Never Yield. Never had I seen someone fight such a fight for life. When he stopped using the motto of KC, we knew it was time and he was ready to go," she said.
Rainford was interred in the church cemetery.
Rainford: The late Dennis Rainford.
8455: Gospel artiste Carlene Davis offered tribute in song.
8460: Dwight Richards blew his trumpet in Rainford's honour.
8482: Rector of the St Andrew Parish Church, Reverend Canon Major Sirrano Kitson blessed the body with holy water.
8487: A section of the congregation inside the St Andrew Parish Church.
8480: Rainford's sister Joan French delivered the remembrance.
(PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)