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Jamaicans urged to embark on mission of love

Published:Saturday | November 1, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Keith Roy Bardowell at yesterday's thanksgiving service for his life, which was held at the Garrison Church of the Ascension, Up Park Camp.-Ian Allen/Photographer

Christopher Serju

JAMAICANS HAVE been charged to embark on a mission of love, to care for their fellow citizens, including and especially those they deem to be undeserving by virtue of their behaviour, in keeping with the example set by the late World War II veteran, Keith Bardowell, who was interred in the Briggs Park Cemetery, Up Park Camp, on Tuesday.

Reverend Father Monsignor Michael Lewis exhorted the congregation at the thanksgiving service held at the Garrison Church of the Ascension to follow the example of this patriotic Jamaican who returned home after the war and became actively engaged in a number of charitable undertakings. He was instrumental in the founding of Curphey Place, which today serves as a place of residence for war veterans.

GREAT LESSON

Father Lewis wants Jamaicans to take on the task of caring for each other, which Bardowell exemplified. "Coming out of the experience of war, Keith gave his life in service; he took care of people. He valued life and helped others to do the same. There was no greater lesson that Keith could teach; no greater act of service and commitment and love that he could have performed, than simply to love. And that is what God asks from you and me, very simply - just to try every single day of our lives to love."

The priest said that it would take a lot of work, but nonetheless, challenged Jamaicans from all walks of life to make the effort.

"In spite of being hurt (we should) love those who hurt us; in spite of being disappointed, now is the time to love those who disappoint us, and in spite of hurting ourselves, to love ourselves nonetheless." There was a large turnout of friends, relatives, and acquaintances of Westmoreland-native, Keith Roy Bardowell, who was born on January 8, 1929 and died October 12.