Dr Winston Nesbeth remembered as amazing husband, father, family man
THE New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church, in New Haven in Kingston, could not hold the large number of mourners who yesterday paid their final respects to Dr Winston Nesbeth, co-owner of the WYS Catering Limited.
The life of the 65-year-old businessman was untimely and viciously snuffed out by gunmen who shot him at his home on August 24 during an apparent robbery. His wife, Rose, sustained a knife injury in the attack.
Nesbeth at the time of his death operated the canteen concession with his wife at this newspaper's Beechwood Avenue head office in Kingston.
Yesterday, the mourners who packed and overflowed the church to celebrate his life ignored the gruesome manner in which he was killed, and instead focused entirely on the exemplary life that he had lived and the cherished memories that he left behind.
Brownie, as he was affectionately called, was remembered as a devoted and faithful husband, amazing father, a family man, a devoted man of God, and a brilliant scholar by the long list of family, friends and associates who paid glowing tributes to him.
Nesbeth's widow, Rose, in her tribute which was read by family friend, Flo Darby, revered him for his fervent drive for success and his unwavering commitment to his family.
"The way you loved, nurtured and protected our children filled my heart with pride daily," she wrote.
"When I met you 41 years ago, I was immediately captivated by your love for God, your calm and intellect, and I thank god for the blessing of being your wife, soulmate, best friend and business partner," Rose's tribute read.
The couple's two daughters also paid tribute to their father in song, remembering him as a man who instilled in them values from an early age and always supported them in all their endeavours.
"Daddy, you always inspired us to strive for the best," Wendy said. " We appreciate the fact that you cared about every minute aspect of our lives, from our academics and our careers, to our extra-curricular activities and friendships, even to minor scrapes and bugs that pestered us. Nothing was too trivial -- you treated everything with deep concern and compassion."
Thanks for making us feel loved and capable," Yolanda said.
Tavia Dunn, niece and Fernando Whyte, nephew of the deceased, both remembered their uncle as a role model and a caring family man. They recalled that he was also a jovial person who had a great sense of humour, and an accomplished member of the family who was humble and kind.
Dr Nesbeth, who is also survived by two brothers, two sisters and other relatives and friends, was interred at the Dovecot Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.