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Footprints: Alphanso Watson - Loyal family man gone to higher calling

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Alphanso Watson

In Braes River, St Elizabeth, on July 26, 1960, Alice May gave birth to Vernal Charles Watson's son, Alphanso, their first child.

Alphanso got his formal education at Goshen Primary School and St Elizabeth Technical High School.

For 18 years, he worked as a security coordinator at Alpart. A career change saw him becoming a district constable, who worked in the force for 12 and a half years at Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth.

However, Watto, or Devon, as he was affectionately called, did not make it to the age of retirement.

At his thanksgiving service on January 3, Superintendent Lanford Salmon, in charge of the St Elizabeth division said in the eulogy, "On the 12th of December 2015 he took up transfer from this world to a higher force."

Salmon eulogised Watson as someone who "loved his job and was respected by his colleagues".

He was remembered as "being kind, very jovial, always neatly dressed, never late for work and always using his initiative to get the job done".

"Watson loved his family, policing and most of all he was a God-fearing man," Salmon said.

Watson's love for his family and relatives was also expressed in the remembrance read by his sister, Patricia, who said: "He seemed more like a father than a brother ... I celebrate the father my brother was to me and I realise how truly blessed I was to have him."

"He was a fiercely loyal man. Loyal to his family, loyal to his friends, and loyal to the values that he learnt from our parents. My brother has always strived to be fair, sometimes he was, sometimes he wasn't, but he always tried," Patricia told the gathering.

In the tribute she delivered, Hope Morgan, a close family friend and neighbour, described Watson as "a man who embodied so many attributes, love, compassion, humility, and the exceptional ability to interact with people".

Morgan lauded Watson's work as vice-chairman of the Goshen Citizens Association, chairman and vice-chairman of the Goshen Community Centre Management Committee, and his "important roles in the Goshen Neighbourhood Watch and the Goshen Police Youth Club".

Watson was cremated on January 4. His wife, Olive, had predeceased him earlier in the year, but he has left children Chrysale, Chevon, Otis; stepdaughter, Rocquel Boase; daughter in-law, Rachelle Cole Watson; five brothers and seven sisters, and other relatives.

- Paul Williams