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Footprints | Ronald Sealy - Humble, quite gentleman sleeps away

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Ronald Sealy

Ronald Sealy has been described by his closest neighbours, Clarence Bryan and his wife as a caring, kind, humble gentleman who cared for all and whose love shone from within.

"Mr Ranny will be missed. On behalf of the family we pray, may his soul rest in peace," the Bryans told Footprints.

Sealy was born on November 16, 1953, in that Victoria Jubilee Hospital, in Kingston, to Doslyn Walker and Fredrick Sealy. His siblings were Errol Sealy, Winston Parks, Michael Parks, Yvonne Parks, and Maria Allen. He attended New Day All-Age in Kingston.

The man who worked on fire extinguishers passed away on April 13 at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

His thanksgiving service was held at the Sandy Park Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday.

Interment followed at the Meadowrest Memorial Park.

Sealy has left behind wife, Hellen Ramsey; children, Addia, Vivia, Sara (Alicia) Mark and Aniesha, and other relatives.

In reflecting on her father's life, Vivia, said: "A good dad is hard to find. You, Dad, I am keeping in mind... . If dreams were not dreams, and dreams came true, I wouldn't be here, I would be with you... . A special smile, a special face, a special someone... . I love you, and I always will. You filled a space that no one will ever replace."

Another daughter, Sara, remembers Sealy as "the man with the hidden wings, who would assist his community, his neighbours, and even strangers" .

"He was an angel on Earth. He was a loving dad, kind-hearted, and a peacemaker," she said.

The power of Sealy's quiet disposition was articulated by granddaughter Deveina Benjamin when she told Footprints: "My grandfather was a quiet man, and his silence could speak volumes... . In the years to come I may not remember many of the words my grandfather spoke, but the memories of what he conveyed without speaking words will stay in my heart."

- Paul H. Williams