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Neville Spalding Laid to Rest

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Family members stand in reverence at the thanksgiving service for the life of Neville Spalding at the Boulevard United Church on Saturday.

The pain and grief were evident among the family members of Neville Spalding as he was laid to rest on Saturday.

His funeral came a little over a month after his son, veteran journalist Gary Spaulding (who spelled his last name differently), passed away.

The thanksgiving service, which was held at the Boulevard United Church in St Andrew, saw family and friends out in their numbers to pay their last respects.

Nelson Spalding, Neville's brother, told the gathering that his brother's determination to protect his family would be a long-lasting memory that would stay with him.

"Neville was the patriarch of the family. Whenever mommy and daddy left the house for meetings, he was in charge. He would ensure that we (brothers and sisters) were well taken care of and he was responsible. He was a protector and oftentimes would do whatever it takes to ensure that I was safe as his younger brother," he said.

DISCIPLINED CHARACTER

"I recall the first time I worked and got my salary. It was 15 shillings. That time, to me that was a lot of money and my initial reaction was to live it up. I went down to the bar and bought a flask of rum," he recalled.

"When he saw me with it, I have never seen him so upset. He took it and threw it away; it splintered. He insisted that I would not become a drunkard, and today, I thank you, Neville. I have never seen Neville with a beer bottle, let alone a glass of hard liquor. This was the type of disciplined character that he was," he said.

Neville's daughter, Colett Spalding, similarly had myriad stories to share but noted that she would always be grateful for the sacrifices her father made for her and the rest of her siblings as

children.

"Papa was there for all of us. As children, we couldn't wait for Papa to get home from work as he would have some treat for us, whether it be a pack of peanut, a sweet, or on pay day, Tastee patties and ice cream," she said.

"Papa was compassionate. His heart was tender and easily broken by the pain and suffering of others. When our brother Leighton (Spalding) was sick and in the hospital, Papa sat by his bedside and cried. You would think that he was his only child. We will miss you, Papa," she said.