Bunny Diamond’s send-off on Thursday
Fitzroy “Bunny Diamond” Simpson

The funeral for singer Fitzroy “Bunny Diamond” Simpson is scheduled for the Boulevard Baptist Church in St Andrew on Thursday.

The service is expected to commence at 10:00 am, with internment following in the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.

Simpson died on Friday, April 1, at the National Chest Hospital in St Andrew, just two days after learning that longtime friend and lead singer of the Mighty Diamonds, Donald “Tabby Diamond” Shaw, died. He was 70.

Simpson had suffered a debilitating stroke in 2015, which effectively ended his music career.

Meanwhile, Donald “Tabby Diamond” Shaw was a victim of a drive-by shooting in his community Olympic Gardens in St Andrew on April 29. He was 67.

The funeral service of Donald “Tabby Diamond” Shaw will be held on Friday, May 20, at the Waltham Park New Testament Church of God at 10:00 am. He will also interred at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.

Frankie Campbell, chairman of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA), who confirmed the funeral dates with Jamaica Observer, said he expects a flood of tributes at the send-offs.

“There will be musical tributes from a lot of artistes, the Heptones, and Bagga Case have already been confirmed on behalf of JAVAA,” he said.

Bunny and Tabby Diamond formed two-thirds of the reggae group The Mighty Diamonds. The third member is Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson.

They are best known for the songs Right Time, Pass the Kouchie, and I Need a Roof.

Bunny (left) and Tabby Diamond
Kediesha Perry

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