Soldier laid to rest

Officers from the Barbados Defence Force gathered in the Calvary Moravian Church to pay their last respects to their slain colleague, Private David Nicholas Blenman.

Blenman’s body was at Foul Bay Beach St Philip on December 1. Three individuals – 25-year-old Jamar Antonio Pile, his 21-year-old sister Faith Angelica Pile and her 19-year-old boyfriend Shaquan Sherwin Omar Crichlow, all of Skeete Road, Jackman, St Michael – have been remanded to HMP Dodds, charged with the murder of the 26-year-old soldier.

Blenman’s casket draped with the BDF flag.

His father, David Blenman Sr, broke down in front of mourners as he reflected on his late son’s life, saying he was flooded with condolences from persons who described David as quiet but charming.

Recruited as a soldier in 2009, Blenman was said to have lived a filling life, and was respected and liked by those who knew him.

Members of the congregation.

Blenman told of the musical talent of his son, who was a fan of boy band Backstreet Boys, and was also the keyboard player at his alma mater, Frederick Smith Secondary School.

“David never promoted himself but his musical talent was indeed recognised” he said.

He spoke of his son’s loyalty, saying “he would not leave anyone behind, even to his own detriment… He said that soldiers must help and support each other.”

BDF officers at this morning’s service.

He also told the congregation that David had a keen interest in auto mechanics and shared his skills with his family, even teaching his mother.

“He was the kind of son that would make a parent proud and we were proud indeed,” Blenman sorrowfully said.

23 Responses to Soldier laid to rest

  1. Ann Spencer
    Ann Spencer December 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    May he rest in God’s tender care.

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  2. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement December 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I never met you Pte. Blenman.. but thanks for your service. RIP.

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  3. Hamza Azul
    Hamza Azul December 17, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Blenman was a real good boy for real trust me on that

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  4. Beverly Ifill
    Beverly Ifill December 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    RIP

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  5. Truful December 17, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    When you the mother of two accused and how hard she worked to raise them and the others alone and this is how they say thanks.
    RIP Nick.

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  6. Cheryl Best
    Cheryl Best December 17, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    My condolences goes out go his family they are two sweet people.

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  7. Maria Caddle
    Maria Caddle December 18, 2016 at 1:15 am

    RIP

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  8. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison December 18, 2016 at 1:56 am

    RIP soldier.

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  9. Tony Webster December 18, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Thank you, young man, for Service To Country. We now must see to it, that justice is equally served.

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  10. Cathy Beda
    Cathy Beda December 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

    My sincere condolences to the family and loved ones.

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  11. Ivy Cox
    Ivy Cox December 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    My condolences to all his friends and family

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  12. Barbara Yarde
    Barbara Yarde December 18, 2016 at 6:19 am

    May his soul rest in peace and rise n glory

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  13. Fluffy Brokenbird
    Fluffy Brokenbird December 18, 2016 at 6:37 am

    SIP David

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  14. Perry Barnett December 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I’ve had the privilege to command pretty Blenman it saddens me to see this brilliant young man with so much potential gone so soon. Gone TOO soon he will be missed.

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  15. Norva December 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

    My deepest and sincere condolences to the entire families of Private David N. Blenman during this very difficult time. RIP.

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  16. Sheron Inniss December 18, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I hope justice is served swiftly.

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  17. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor December 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Comfort to the family,God is with you

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  18. Michelle December 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    R.I.P my friend

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  19. Slim Teddy
    Slim Teddy December 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    R.I.P my friend

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  20. Cindy Bunting
    Cindy Bunting December 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    May he Rest In Peace. Condolences to his family and friends.

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  21. Whilma Doughlin
    Whilma Doughlin December 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    RlP

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  22. Yvette Griffith
    Yvette Griffith December 18, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    So young, so talented RIP

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  23. Tracia Beckles
    Tracia Beckles December 18, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Humble reserved respectable Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory my friend

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