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Footprints: Nickoy Swaby - A young life tragically cut short

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Nickoy Swaby

Nickoy Anthony Swaby's young life ended tragically on December 12 last year.

The son of Marva and Gasthen Swaby, he was born on June 1, 1995.

He attended Ebenezer Infant, Bethabara All-Age, Winston Jones and Porus high schools, and Regent College. At the time of his demise, the construction worker lived at Berry Hill, Knockpatrick, Manchester.

He was the brother of Trecia Mitchell, Damion Mitchell, and Jerome Swaby.

A vibrant brother he was as "he was known as the party man, always the popular figure at dances ... the life of the party, always cracking the jokes and leading the moves on the dance floor".

'Hot Foot', as he was called, because of the "speed at which he would trek from one location to another", would not miss street dances, and he was always early.


always on the move

"He was always on the move, he loved the parties and the nightlife, so much so that I would usually ask him if he was on the night shift," Damion said of his brother, who had a great sense of humour, and was "big on fashion".

But he was not all about the party, as his mother told Footprints that, "he was tall on kindness, but short on temper, but at the end of the day, his bark was more than his bite".

"He was also my current affairs minister; he was always in the know," she said.

And, he, who raised goats and cows, "loved to eat".

"And so, before he leaves the house for the construction sites, he would make much of breakfast, and on his return home, dinner would be his friend ... If that were not enough, then the constant rustle of biscuit bags at night and the occasional gulps would remind you that he was still a growing man," Damion said.

The young man was more like a son than a brother to Trecia and will have his thanksgiving service on Saturday, January 30 at Bethabara Moravian Church in Newport, Manchester.

Interment takes place in the church cemetery.