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Footprints: Estel Daley - Love for children knew no boundaries

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Estel Daley

Her love for children knew no boundaries

Estel Daley's love of children and gift-giving have left an indelible mark on the life of one of Jamaica's respected businessmen, who fondly recalls that at 10 years old he received an 'instamatic' camera from her, which set him on his way to being the entrepreneur he is today.

He tells the story of how as a boy in rural Jamaica 40

years ago, he earned enough money from taking coloured photographs of families in his district with the first roll of film he got in that camera, which allowed him to buy a second camera. The income gained from the novel idea at that time, planted the passion for entrepreneurship in his spirit, which has remained with

him today. That kind deed, he said, gave him hope that he could move beyond his circumstances, once he had someone in your corner.

Daley lived overseas during that time and would visit her mother, Lillian Smith, in that rural community very

often, bringing lovely gifts for the children. And, Smith - who was the boy's godmother - ensured that he got the best of the gifts.

On December 2, 2015, Estel Louise Daley passed away at 93 at her home in Princeton, New Jersey, United States, where she lived for 44 years. On migrating to the United States, she worked as a nanny for several years, before being employed to the Princeton Hospital.

She was a member of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Princeton for 31 years, where she was laid to rest on December 12.

She is survived by two sons: Desmond Wedderburn and Garfield Brown; special 'daughter' Vicki Meisel; two sisters: Pansy Cummings and Patricia Burnett; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.