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Cameron district still in shock after 'Squire's' death

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer

LINSTEAD, St Catherine:

ANTON SQUIRE had made plans to attend the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) mass meeting in Mandeville, Manchester, on Sunday evening. He wanted to be there when Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the date for the 16th general election.

But the 65-year-old of Cameron district, western St Catherine, never made it to the meeting. He succumbed to injuries he received after he was hit by a motor car driven by his cousin, 67-year-old Theodore Blair, in the community, Saturday night.

Squire's death has left residents bewildered and in disbelief.

"Everybody was at my birthday party, whol' heap a people and one man seh him ready to go home, so Blair take him home and Squire was there out at the roadside waiting until Blair come back. So, as Blair coming back to tek up Squire, me nuh know, it look like him just step out into the road in front of the car and it lick him down," Laing told The Gleaner.

He said Squire was rushed to the Linstead Hospital and was later transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital, where he died.

Very sad

Like most residents, Devon James, one of two persons Blair took home before he returned to pick up Squire, was in shock when The Gleaner visited the community on Sunday.

"Mi frighten this morning when mi hear seh Mr Squire die. Mr Squire is a good and very intelligent man. The whole thing is very sad," James, a farmer, told The Gleaner.

Nola Laing, Sylvester's daughter, described the senior citizen as reliable and kind-hearted.

"Mr Squire was such a nice person to us. He was at my father's party drinking and everybody was having fun together. He even buy me a drink at the bar and we were laughing and talking and now, I can't believe that he met an untimely death," Laing lamented.

Gloom over community

Dawn Green Vassell, teacher and community member, searched for words, as she spoke about the impact of the accident.

"The accident has left the community in a dismal, dark and gloomy situation, the whole community is cramped," Vassell told The Gleaner.

Meanwhile, 44-year-old Donna Squire-Laing, Squire's only daughter of three children, was dumbfounded.

"It's a sad situation. I just cannot believe that he is dead. But there is not much I can say, because it's really hot, the way how he died," a distraught Squire-Laing said.

Squire, at the time of his death, was chairman of the St Catherine Parish Committee affiliated with the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC). Felecia Squire, parish organiser for the NCSC, St Catherine, expressed regret at the passing of one of the parish's most active senior citizens.