Felicity Lightbourne remembered as a kind, caring daughter of the soil

Felicity Lightbourne remembered as a kind, caring daughter of the soil

Life Tributes

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Life Tributes writer

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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FELICITY Ann Agnes Lightbourne, former founding managing director of the Biomedical Caledonia Medical Laboratory, was on Wednesday remembered as a loving medical technologist who tutored many in the workings of the public and private laboratories in Jamaica.

A Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life was held at St Margaret's Church at Hope Road in St Andrew.

The sole remembrance was offered by her son-in-law, Al Edwards, former Business Editor at the Jamaica Observer.

Edwards, on behalf of the family, recalled Lightbourne as being an extraordinary medical technologist.

"Felicity's work ethic was extraordinary. She started out as a medical lab technician at the Government National Blood Bank in the late fifties. At the Slipe Road facility, she distinguished herself so much, that when Dr Ernest Wells, Dr Donald Christian and Lester Wollery sought to begin Biomedical, they turned to Felicity to run its laboratory operations," Edwards said.

Edwards recalled that Lightbourne was committed to the service of laboratory testing which offers diagnosis for the improved health of Jamaicans.

"She threw her energies into Biomedical, working assiduously to establish its reputation. A long-standing co-worker had this to say about Felicity, 'She was my manager, a friend and also my mother away from home. I used to call her Mrs L and so too did many other staff members. My present and pass colleagues would agree with me that Mrs L was a humble, peaceful, compassionate, kind and forgiving person'," he said

Apart from being a career driven woman, Felicity Lightbourne was dedicated to her family and was devoted to the development of her three children, Christopher, Andrew and Cindy.

"Her children's well-being was her top priority and she saw to it that they received the best education and health care, as they embarked on the journey to adulthood. Felicity's insistence on educating her children is well and truly vindicated and any mother, anywhere, would no doubt be happy with the outcome. Felicity you did a fine job," Edwards said.

"Her family came first. It's clear to see that here was a lady with a well-ordered life. She set out her priorities and stuck to them," he added.

Lightbourne is survived by her three children Christopher, Andrew and Cindy.

"Christopher recalls that when people came to the lab and had no money to pay, his mum would give them the test for free. Hardly the best way to go about starting a medical business, but, then again, it illustrates the underpinning of what a free health care system should be about, assisting the less fortunate with their medical welfare," he added.

"As many of you know, her youngest, Cindy, my wonderful wife, came home some nine years ago to look after Felicity when she became extremely unwell. Leaving a life and career in Miami as a public prosecutor," he said.

Lightbourne was also remembered for caring for her ailing husband, the late Honourable Robert Lightbourne, OJ, when he became ill. Lightbourne died on June 28 after suffering from a long illness.

Felicity Lightbourne's remains were interred at the Dovecot Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.



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