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Gleaner veteran laid to rest

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
Family and friends of the late Ezmon Eddison 'Shaka' Daley, pay their last respect during a thanksgiving service at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostle yesterday.

For the third time in less than one month, members of The Gleaner family gathered to say farewell to a colleague.

This time, it was the retired Ezmon 'Shaka' Daley, who had spent more than 40 years of his life at the company.

At a thanksgiving service held at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic in Kingston yesterday, Daley was remembered as a jovial and kind individual who could always make anyone laugh.

He was also remembered as one who loved the game of dominoes.

"The first three words that come to my mind when I describe Grandpa are supportive, charming and jovial.

"He was always a happy person, and if you came to his house he'd be so welcoming. He would run so many jokes with you. He was truly a quiet and calm person," said his granddaughter Kevion Daley.

His son Kirkland Daley had similar experiences.

"Very jovial man. More time you come in and you might down, the little talk him give you mek you feel (better), and him did love him domino game. Is a man weh will play dominoes from now till a morning."

Former co-workers said that Shaka was loving to everyone and that he will be missed for his humour and kindness.

Daley died of cancer on June 26. He was the father of 10 children, two of whom he adopted, and is survived by his wife Esmine.

He spent most of his time at The Gleaner in the Circulation Department.