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Whatever Alrick Hugh Davis did, he did it well

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BY KARYL WALKER walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, August 31, 2014    

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FOR what is it for a man to die but to stand up in the wind and melt in the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

THE mood inside the St Richard of Chichester Catholic Church on Red Hills Road in St Andrew, was sombre as mourners gathered to pay their final respects for the life of Alrick Hugh Davis on Saturday, August 23.

Davis made his transition on July 25 after a long battle with illness.

Davis was hailed for his calm demeanour, selfless attitude even in his time of illness and great need.

Davis had been ill for some time after contracting a medical condition that rendered his muscular movements minimal and confined him to a bed.

However, his spirit could not be contained.

Alrick Davis was known to all who attended the Wolmer's Boys' School in the mid-1970s to the early 1980s as simply one of the brightest minds to enter the hallowed halls of that venerable insitution during that period.

His former classmate and lifelong friend, Rohan 'Rabbi' Robinson, recalled that Davis commanded respect from an early age and had a knack for relating to everyone, even those whose intellect paled in comparison to his.

"During his illnes whenever we visited, he would never complain about his condition. Many times he was more concerned with our comfort than his own. My friend Alrick had a very unfortunate situation, but all in all his spirits were never down," Robinson said.

He read a tribute from another Wolmerian Wayne Sutherland, who also hailed Davis's academic excellence.

"Alrick Davis was always one of my heroes at Wolmer's. Alrick was always a top performer, always fnishing at the top of the class. Although he was a gifted student he was always humble, and polite. He got along with everyone. He was truly a decent man," the tribute stated.

Alrick Davis was born on June 6, 1964.

He was the only male child of the five children his parents raised.

At Wolmer's he represented the school in tennis and was a member of the winning 1983 Schools' Challenge Quiz team.

He was also a member of the prefect body and later a deputy head boy.

Dean Wright, who was also a member of the winning quiz team also paid glowing tribute to Davis.

"He was a real team player and, as the senior member of the team, played a crucial role as a calming influence on us his teammates in and out of competition. For example, on our prize trip to the USA, whenever we teenagers were fixing to get into trouble, he would be the calm voice of restraint. We will cherish our memories of him. That fighting spirit was displayed throughout his final illness," Wright stated.

Alrick Hugh Davis is survived by his mother, Joyce Davis, four siblings other relatives and other friends and members of the Wolmers family.

His body was cremated.

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