Footprints | Alman Hood - Exemplary role model laid to rest
Alman Lloyd Hood migrated to the United States in 2010 to live with his son, Anthony, and his family, but his remains were recently interred at Woodlands, Hanover. He was born on March 20, 1941, to Alice Pugh and Felix Hood.
At an early age he left Woodlands for Montego Bay, where he attended Montego Bay Boys' School (now Corinaldi Avenue Primary). After school, he became an apprentice electrician to renowned contractors such as Arthur Sharpe, YP Seaton and Associates, and Samuel Chin.
He evolved into an established and well-respected electrician who helped to wire prominent buildings in St James, such as the Seawind Beach Resort at Montego Bay Freeport, Hotel Continental at Rose Hall, and the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Mount Salem.
'Little Goblin', as he was known by most of his friends, met Birdie Thomas in the 1960s, but it was not until 1989 that they became bonded in holy matrimony. By then they had three children, Anthony, Clifton and Andrea. His wife predeceased him in November 2000. 'Uncle Lloyd', as he was also known, followed her to the other side on August 14.
At his thanksgiving service, held on Thursday, September 7 in the Woodlands Open Bible Church, this God-fearing man was remembered for his generosity, friendliness and kindness "which he showed to everyone he dealt with every day, every time". Yet, he was a no-nonsense disciplinarian.
"My father's standard for being a perfectionist in his career has helped mould me to be the professional I am today," his son Anthony said.
He also recalled that his father, "a fine role model", was a great fan of Western movies, which would have his eyes glued to the TV. And, then, under the strong influence of Mr J. Wray and his Nephew, "he would simulate a showdown at high noon as if he were in one of his favourite picture shows".
Anthony's son, Matthew, recorded his grandfather's voice, so that he can hear what he sounded like when he is missing him. "The faintest sound of his voice will make me imagine listening to his deep words of advice," he said, while his stepson, Ricky, considered himself lucky to "have such a kind man" as his stepfather.