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'Billy' McConnell remembered for life of service

Published:Saturday | September 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer
Bishop Robert Thompson (right), officiating minister, greets Tanya McConnell, wife of David McConnell, during a service of thanksgiving for the life of William ‘Billy’ McConnell at the St Andrew Parish Church yesterday.
The remains of William ‘Billy’ McConnell being carried into the church by David McConnell (foreground) and his uncle (left) during a service of thanksgiving for the life of William at the St Andrew Parish Church yesterday.

A giant of a man is how William 'Billy' McConnell will be remembered by the many who came out to celebrate his life in a service of thanksgiving at the St Andrew Parish Church yesterday.

McConnell, who lost his battle with cancer on September 19, was hailed as the consummate businessman, husband, father, grandfather, and a great friend.

"He was a gentleman who treated everyone in the very same way. He would always deal with his people the way he would like them to deal with him," said R. 'Danny' Williams.

It was evident to all that McConnell's life was dedicated to serving others, having served on several boards (in the private and public sectors) and working with a number of institutions in various capacities.

He was well known for his work with J. Wray & Nephew and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica. His Order of Distinction (Commander) and his Order of Jamaica for distinguished leadership in business and the export industry are testimony to that.

Bishop Robert Thompson, who delivered the homily, urged good leadership in all sectors of society.




"One must be willing to let go of every pretence and control and be willing to be led by others," said the bishop.

McConnell was 71 years old. He is survived by wife Patricia Dawn, son David, and daughter Susan.

His son David, in his tribute, recited two lines from his father's favourite poem titled If by Rudyard Kipling, which he said would forever resonate with him.

"Meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same," he read.

Several members of the business community were present, along with politicians on both sides of the political divide, to support the family.