Thu | Dec 14, 2017

Remembering Dominic

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:17 AMLivingston Scott
Dominic James’ aunt, Valrey Neil (centre), comforts her brother, David James (left), and sister-in-law, Denese James, as they mourn at the funeral for their son at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, North Street on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
In this September 2015 file photo, St George's College's Dominic James (left) celebrates a goal at Winchester Park with teammate Gregory Messam.
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Today marks the first anniversary of the passing of St George's College and Waterhouse FC footballer, Dominic James.

James died shortly after collapsing from heart failure just minutes into St George's Manning Cup match against Excelsior High at the Stadium East field last year and his family will be honouring his memory at a service at Maverley Gospel Hall at 10.30 next Sunday morning. The family is also moving to launch a foundation in his name.

"On Sunday we are going to have a service in his (Dominic's) honour at Maverley Gospel Hall ... and we will remember him in our little way," David James, Dominic's father, told The Gleaner.

"We are also building a foundation for him and there will be an update at the service," he added.

James said during the first year after his death they had little motivation for anything but they hope to accelerate the process now.

An attorney has been employed to draft documents ... and we have identified persons to sit on the board ... more will be said Sunday," he said.

He noted that Dominic was always an encouragement and motivation for his friends, especially those from less fortunate background and they hope the foundation can assist young, ambitious footballers.

"He always played with boys from different backgrounds. He was comfortable with them ... a couple of days after he died a friend came to the bench the first match after his death and cried on my shoulders ... and we realise how loved he was.

"We want to reach out to boys like those through the foundation. They need to make it and they need love and care and someone to point them in the right direction," he said.

Emotionally it has been a difficult year for David and his wife but the overwhelming support has eased their burden.

It has been very difficult, very emotional and really sad. But the mighty God helped us. He put it in people, friends, family, even strangers to strengthen and support us and those things are very encouraging,' he stated

Meanwhile, Nadine Sutherland, mother of Jordan Foote, the Holy Trinity footballer, whose foot was amputated before he succumbed to bone cancer in March 2016, says she still misses her son and encouraged the James family to take it a day at a time.

"I still can't cope. My family and I have not got over it. I miss him very much. I miss hearing his voice. I miss his dancing and him giving me trouble ... But we had a memorial on his birthday.

"Every day I cry... I will never get over this one. You get over losing an aunt or uncle, but your son, I don't think anybody get over that ..." she added.