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Footprints: Teran Milford - Caring, forthright, friendly, jovial and a professional”

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Teran Milford

The body of Dr Teran Milford, late interim dean of the College of Education and Leadership, was laid to rest on Sunday, March 27, 2016. He was 65.

The service of thanksgiving, which was held at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Gymnatorium in Mandeville, Manchester, was attended by the faculty and staff of Northern Caribbean University along with hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers.

In reflecting on his life and work on behalf of the Department of Graduate Education and Leadership, Dr Viviene Quarrie, chair of the department, described Milford as a Christian pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, who was the epitome of the Christian virtues and who chose to serve as an educator.

"He was a caring, forthright, friendly, and jovial professional, who will be long remembered for his commitment to excellence."

Members of the faculty have opined that he was a friendly personality with strong convictions, and an analytical mind, who was always ready to share tips on successful farming and a man who stood for principle.

Elder Donovan Mitchell, who brought tribute from the Cedar Grove Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mandeville, Manchester, where Milford preached his last sermon on Sabbath February 27, 2016, said members of the church recount that "he was a different person as he preached the Word like never before".

"He saved his best for last, all be it unbeknown to us at the time," said Mitchell.

"That was the last experience we had with him and what a profound one it was ... leaving many of us to really ponder over the transient nature of life and the critical importance of being ready to meet our Maker when He calls us home."

Milford passed to his rest on Thursday, March 3, 2016 after he collapsed during his regular morning walk and exercise.

Before being called to NCU in 1991, Milford served as district pastor for 10 years in the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

While at Northern Caribbean University, he served in various capacities, including vice-president for student development, vice-president for enrolment, marketing and corporate alliances, director of marketing and enrolment services and dean of the College of Teacher Education & Behavioural Sciences.

Milford is survived by wife, Audrey, of 40 years, sons Andre and Theomar, daughter Terry-Ann, father Rupert, and other relatives. His body was interred in the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Manchester.