Family and friends hugged each other and offered words of comfort yesterday at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in downtown Kingston, where they had gathered for the thanksgiving service for business icon Francis 'Paco' Kennedy.
His widow, Marjory, in her tribute, remembered her late husband as one who was passionate about the development of downtown Kingston, and urged policymakers to continue to build on his work.
"Paco was my best friend, lover and soulmate. He never neglected his family and his love extended to the development of downtown, which he held dear to his heart. I would urge persons to play their part in ensuring that his dream becomes a reality," charged the widow.
His son, Charles Kennedy, recalled the times his father encouraged him to remain focused.
"I remember when I was at boarding school. Dad would visit me every week just to make sure that I was adjusting well. I wasn't the best student and there were times when I thought that I would never graduate. However, it was his words of inspiration that gave me the drive to do my best," said Charles.
"Dad had a passion for people and the development of downtown Kingston. He always knew that downtown had the potential to return to its glory days and spent most of his life playing his part to fulfil his dream," added Charles.