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Footprints: Elkiah Douglas - Charming, jovial uncle drives into eternity

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM

On Friday, January 8, Elkiah 'Papa Son' Douglas will be buried in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, hundreds of miles away from Blue Hole, St Catherine, Jamaica, where he was born to Eleanor and Arnold Douglas on May 12, 1940.

He attended Marlie Hill Elementary School and migrated many years ago. The man who loved motor vehicles, worked as a bus driver in the United Kingdom and United States of America, where he lived for many years.

Elkiah died December 2, leaving wife Loretta; two brothers, Winston (aka Papcie) and Denzil; two sisters, Beada Douglas Small, and Mervis Douglas Hudson; 14 children, 18 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

One of Elkiah's nieces, Dorrette Douglas, told Footprints he was a handsome man who loved women, and a Baptist who loved to sing. The dapper dresser, she said, was a charmer and a family oriented man, who was "vibesy" and "jovial".

"My uncle was a noble, generous, fun-loving individual. He was always there, coming to visit up to three times in each year. If we were sick, wounded or affected, he would drop everything to come out to be by our side. I remember my uncle as a man of style and charm. I really miss him terribly, he was simply amazing," Dorette told Footprints.

Mark Douglas, a nephew, who said he visited Elkiah in Connecticut every year, and talked with him every night, said Elkiah's passing has not gone down well with him.

Elkiah, he said, was very good to him and was an excellent uncle. Elkiah was a foundation in his life.

- Paul H. Williams