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Footprints: Daphney Sinclair - Devotion, compassion did not go unnoticed

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Daphney Avril Sinclair was born on July 11 in 1963.

Her mother, Lorretta Wright, ensured she had all she needed and Daphney transferred this love and care to all her 12 children.

Ewin, Antonnett, Lancelot, Sandra, Nadine, Winsome, Arlene and Karlene, Dwight, Terry-Ann and her twins, Garfield and Garcia, experienced an abundance of love and compassion from their mother.

Daphney had the tendency to help everyone she encountered and that was one reason why everyone loved her. Daphney was affectionately called 'Mama', 'Aunt Daph' or 'Sister Daph'. She grew up in Manchester, but resided in Westchester, Portmore, St Catherine for more than 40 years. Daphney had one sister named Audrey Sinclair who predeceased her. She also had an adoptive sister they called Cherry. Although she did not have a lot of siblings, Daphney had a big heart to love everyone she met.

In her earlier years, Sister Daph worked as a dressmaker and she specialised in making clothes for babies.

"At Christmas time she would sell the baby suits on Spanish Town Road and she enjoyed doing this," Sandra recalled.

Daphne also made uniforms so everyone in her community benefited from her dressmaking skills. The people in her community not only benefited from her dressmaking but also her caring nature.

Daphne did not get the opportunity to complete her education, so she had to stop school at grade six. As a result of this, she knew the value of education and made sure that the children she knew were never short of this valuable asset.

"As long as you were of age and able to go to school, you were going. My mother would never allow a child to stay home and miss out on an opportunity to get an education," Sandra recalled.

"I remember once she took my brother's uniform and take it in just so it could fit another child and he could get the chance to go to school," Sandra remembered.

Daphney would give her last dime just to ensure that her children and anyone else who needed the help got the assistance.

"My mother was a strong, powerful black woman," Lancelot added.

Daphney was a hard working woman. After dressmaking, she worked at the Bridgeport High School and then went on to work at HEART Academy.

Daphney's devotion and compassion did not go unnoticed as she was recognised by the Westchester Senior Citizens' Association in 2009, where she was given an award for outstanding service and dedication to senior citizens. She also received the long service award for outstanding contribution to the People's National Party.

She was a family woman, strict but jovial.

Daphney went to be with her saviour on the 17th of November. She was a Christian for more than 10 years and she attended the Tent City Seventh Day Church in Portmore. Her funeral will be held on December 20 at the Port Henderson Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Aunt Daph leaves behind 26 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives to mourn her loss.

-Rasheda Myles