Footprints: Desmond Godfrey - Father, friend and guardian
Desmond Emmanuel Godfrey, who was born on September 17, 1957, and who died on July 21, was remembered at Footprints Seventh-day Adventist Church, Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on Sunday, August 9.
His common-law wife, Angella Bennett, stepdaughters Terry-Ann and Kerry-Ann Dixon, and granddaughter Kellisa Green gave glowing tributes about the man they called father and friend.
Of Desmond, Grandfrey, Mr Godfrey, they said: "The day you left us was a dark day in our lives ... . There are hardly any words to describe the pain we feel losing you. Your death has sent shock waves through this Earth.
"You were that person we turned to with every decision we made in our lives, that one person who knew who we really are, and that one person who made the biggest difference in our lives," they continued. "You were a father to us, a friend, a guardian, and a wonderful partner to our mom."
The father and friend who lived an "exemplary life", was also regarded as a great provider, as even the dogs would tell you.
"Each morning you woke up, you would go jogging, and on your way back, at least two or three dogs would follow you home because they knew they will be fed as you were a provider."
The birds, too, were in the runnings: "Each morning at least 15 birds (pigeons) would gather on the gate or on the light wire, waiting on you because they knew they would be fed as you were a provider," his bereaved family said.
It is a difficult time for Godfrey's immediate family members as they hoped he would have overcome his challenges. He's out of their physical existence, but in their hearts he has a special place.
"We prayed for you with all our hearts and we begged God to allow you to stay with us ... . Your other half, Angie, the love of your life, would have done anything humanly possible to keep you here, holding on to the promise you both made to spend the rest of your lives together. We will have to accept that God has a bigger and better plan for you. We love you," they said in one voice.
- Paul H. Williams