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Colleagues share fond memories at final farewell for Junior Dowie

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 4:05 PMJody Ann Gilpin, Staff Reporter
Junior Dowie
Casket bearing the body of late Gleaner photographer Junior Dowie OD is loaded into a hearse at his funeral today.
Veteran journalists Ken Chaplin (left) and Barabara Gloudon at Junior Dowie's funeral at the Kingston Parish Church.

There was little time for weeping and mourning at today's funeral for master photographer, Junior Dowie.

Instead, there were hugs and pleasant memories as people turned out in large numbers at the Kingston Parish Church to celebrate his life and work. 

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Reporter in her tribute, took congregants on a journey as she recalled the catalogue Dowie left behind as a photojournalist.

"Junior Dowie and quality photography are companions. They go hand in hand, for even what he considered his worst photograph was often a keepsake", Virtue said.

"Dowie managed to develop for himself a reputation of excellence and can today be safely regarded as one of the best of his time and a giant of photography in Jamaica", she continued.

"While his reputation as an ace photographer will live on through his photographs, it is his humility and kindness that will live on the hearts of those who worked closely with him," she added.

Barbara Gloudon, former host of RJR's ‘Hotline' shared similar sentiments indicating that the pride and passion Dowie had for his work, will remain with her.

"He always carried his camera in the cradle of his arms, he had it so close to him at all times. This I believe is a signal of the pride and love he had for his work. It was never about him. He was never one to boast, his priority and concern at all times was to get an excellent shot", she declared.

"I want to use this opportunity to honour his family and to say to Junior, thanks for being my friend. Thanks for the relationship we had. I am happy I knew you", Gloudon said.

Veteran journalist, who represented the Press Association of Jamaica, Ben Broodie told the gathering that his work transcended local boundaries.

"Since his passing on February 17, Junior and his excellent work have been the centre of many a discussion among colleagues. Though the call of duty constantly exposed him to the halls of high society, he preferred the by-ways and hedges and was loved at this vibrant level of society", he said.

"When one takes a careful look at the professional career of this man, it becomes clear that the achievement of Junior Dowie transcended national and regional boundaries. Though not prominent as a Usain Bolt or Bob Marley, Junior's class stood out internationally."