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Farewell to a ‘gentle giant’

FINAL GOODBYE: Daughter Juanita, wife Juaniss and son Jefferson, saying farewell to Jeffrey Jefferson Rock. Nation drivers David Brathwaite (left), Basil Griffith (right) and Jameel Springer (far right), carrying the casket into the church of Abundant Life Assembly. (Pictures by Ricardo Leacock)

Sat, November 03, 2012 - 12:06 AM

Jeffrey Jefferson Rock – the imposing, humble, likeable driver who touched the lives of dozens of NATION staffers for over two decades – made his final ride yesterday.

For 24 years, Rock drove countless reporters and photographers to assignments across the length and breath of this country. Yesterday, more than 150 staffers joined other mourners at the Abundant Life Assembly in Bank Hall to say farewell to a man of God, a family man and a dedicated worker and friend.

Muscular and massive, the Rock from Rockfield, St Lucy, was hailed by all as a gentle giant, who hardly raised his voice and spoke ill of no one.

A congregation that included THE NATION’s chief executive officer Vivian-Anne Gittens; chairman Harold Hoyte, editor-in-chief Kaymar Jordan and Government Senator Haynesley Benn heard Superintendent Pastor Sherwin Agard hailed Rock as a treasure who showed all and sundry gentleness, love and respect. (MK)

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