Footprints | Vincent Smith - Jack of all trades
Vincent Smith, also known as 'Waterman' and 'Ribbaman', was regarded a "great cook" and an excellent baker. "He baked the best puddings ... this side of the hemisphere," Derrick Tulloch told the congregation at Smith's thanksgiving service, held inside the Gordon Town Methodist Church on June 10.
Born in Mount Diablo in St Catherine, he spent his childhood days in Dublin Castle/Flamstead in east rural St Andrew, obtaining his primary education at Grove Elementary School in the said parish.
He was also remembered as a "multifaceted" man, a "jack of all trades", but more importantly, as a fearless National Water Commission ranger who monitored activities along the rivers and tributaries that flow into the Hope River and Mona Dam.
"Mass Vincent exhibited excellent work ethics ... was always punctual, honest, reliable, committed and dedicated, and was not a clock-watcher, and always went beyond the call of duty in executing his assignments," Tulloch said.
The late birdwatcher, an active member of the Gordon Town Methodist Church, cared for animals, and the environment in general. The things he loved included, but were not limited to, sports, particularly cricket and athletics, dominoes, and good music.
With the love of his life, his wife Olive, they maintained a home farm, and produced nine children. Edrica (Karen), Nola, Maria, Melvin, Barrington, Beverly and Jean. Two pre-deceased him, as did his wife. "He cared dearly for his children and was a good provider," Tulloch revealed.
The avid reader was also eulogised as a "civic-minded individual", "a great supporter of the preservation of the environment", "a committed community man", who had "an infectious laughter and a passion for life".
He is also survived by grand and great-grandchildren, sisters and brothers, and other relatives. His remains are lying in the Gordon Town Methodist Church cemetery.