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Footprints: Victor Vivian Vassall - Breadbasket of Barbary Hall now gone

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 9:00 AMRasheda Myles
Victor Vassall

On January 4, 1967, Hyacinth Vassall and the late Godfrey Vassall welcomed their son, Victor, into the world.

Victor Vivian Vassall, sometimes called 'Fel', would grow up to become a fisherman and a businessman.

According to his mother, Victor is a hero.

"I remember when he just got his boat in 1988, he went from Pedro Cays to Treasure Beach by himself on that boat. He would tie himself to the boat just because he was on it alone. Now that is bravery," Hyacinth recounted.

Victor lived an exciting life in Barbary Hall, St Elizabeth, where he spent the latter 15 years of his life doing good in his community. He supported different organisations, churches, and youth groups.

"He would use his pickup truck to carry different netball, football, and cricket groups to their matches," Hyacinth recalled.

Victor also loved sports such as football and cricket. He would spend some time watching them.

He had a wife, Joycelyn, whom he loved dearly. They got married in 2000.

"He would call and ask, 'What's for dinner?' and I would say 'Chicken', and he would say, 'I don't eat that thing. Steam a fish for me', and I would say 'OK'," his wife said. He was always smiling.

Victor had four children.

Felicia, Davian, Earl, and David adored their father, and he loved and cared for them. He also had five sisters - Carol, Evet, Viviene, Natalie and Erica, and one brother, Andrew.

Victor was very kind, loving, and supportive. He would help anyone he could. "Since he died, one lady from the community came to me and said the breadbasket is now gone because he would help people in the community buy food and send their children to school," his mother said.

Victor died on July 22, and a thanksgiving service will be held for him on September 20 at the Williamsfield Seventh-day Adventist Church in St Elizabeth, starting at 1 p.m.

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