Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
HARKERS HALL, St Catherine:
TRIBUTES FLOWED for Leopold Rainford, brother of Robert Rainford, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, on Sunday at Sergeantville Primary School, St Catherine.
Rainford was found dead at his Harkers Hall home on October 6. His house was burnt to the ground. He was remembered by politicians, teachers, schools, the Church relatives and loved ones.
In his remembrance, Robert Rainford said his brother would call him at 5:30 each morning and give him inspiring words.
"I last saw him three days before the sadness. He loves to sing, and I always told him to enter the Rising Stars competition. But seriously, he got me coconut and banana, but it would be the last time we meet,'' Robert Rainford said.
"Can you imagine that when you get the call that your brother is dead, was the day that you were to attend the funeral service of another relative, it's very sad,'' Robert Rainford lamented.
He said having heard that his brother was burnt to death was very sad. He said when the autopsy revealed that he was also stabbed, it intensified the hurt.
Rainford said his brother always looked out for the family and worked hard to help those who he could.
The tears started to flow as the remembrance concluded with a video of Rainford delivering a stirring rendition of The Midnight Cry.
Rainford was described as being hardworking, diligent, caring, helpful, a great person and a community builder.
"He was a man for all seasons that if he sees where a drain wants to be cleaned, he would just go ahead and clean it. All the tributes he is getting are duly deserved. It cannot bring him back, but it shows we care,'' Roxann Small, a businesswoman, said.
Rainford was 53 years old at the time of his death.