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I've never seen my dad so romantic ... emotional farewell for Brian George

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2016 | 10:28 PM
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A sorrowful Keneea Linton-George (left) wipes her tears.
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Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online

It began with the love stories: How Brian Reginald Austin George, diffused comfort and encouraging words to his family and friends and melted the heart of Trinidadian Ann Rose for 27 years before he came to Jamaica and met his now widow Keneea Linton.

But as his sons Christopher and Matthew, would retell the chapters of the life of the late 59-year-old Supreme Ventures President and CEO, they would break down in tears in front of a packed congregation including government, civic and business leaders at the St Andrew Parish Church in Half-Way Tree at the funeral.

"To discover the man, the story needs telling by others," said Christopher, overlooking the urn bearing the remains of the corporate giant and philanthropist.

"He constantly saw the greatness and potential of people he worked with."

According to Christopher, Brian George had a depth of character that was rare in normal man.

He said during his father's 27-year marriage with his mother, as a child he learned patience and ‎the importance of family.

IN PHOTO: Christopher George

Christopher would arrest the attention of the congregation as the storied life of his father reached the chapter of his union with Jamaican fashion designer, Keneea Linton.

"How my dad and Keneea met was the result of timing and destiny," said Christopher, noting that he had never seen his father so romantic before.

"I saw a different Brian George," he recalled.

"I want to thank Keneea for picking him up when he was broken and literally teaching him to fly again."

Matthew would also recall his father's infectious smile, kindness and compassion.

"My father taught Christopher and I how to love selflessly," he said.

IN PHOTO: Walter Scott

Close friend Walter Scott eulogised George as a model father, employer, friend and businessman.

He said George was a consummate professional as he worked in the public service in Trinidad before joining the private sector there and later at GTECH in Florida and Jamaica.

Scott said it was no different as George began the transformation at Supreme Ventures Limited for which he has been president and CEO since 2003.

"Brian possessed a most brilliant mind," said Scott, adding ‎that his mental agility was "Bolt-like".

IN PHOTO: Prime Minister Andrew Holness greets Keneea, widow of  Brian George and George's sons Matthew and Christopher.

But it was the human touch that meant the most.

"In a country where fatherhood is as rare as a precious pearl, he was his own jewellery store," said Scott.

In the homily, Right Reverend‎ Robert Thompson reinforced the beatitudes saying George was the true celebrant of life.