Goodbye Andre Gittens

The People’s Baptist Church could not contain those who arrived at the Rock Hall, St Philip church to celebrate the life of 23-year-old Andre Jabarry Gittens today.

The Crane Resort employee and three of his colleagues, Vincentians, Aziza Awanna Dennie, 19; Danee Deverey Horne, 17; and Carianne Lee-New Padmore, 18, lost their lives in collision with a taxi van at Graeme Hall Roundabout on January 29.

The late Andre Jabarry Gittens

It was standing room only as many came to pay their last respects to their family member, friend and workmate. A crowd from Gittens’ alma mater, Christ Church Foundation Secondary School, donned their school ties to honour their former classmate and friend, while other mourners wore t-shirts and pins paying tribute to the late Gittens.

Principal Robert Cumberbatch was also present, as well St Philip North representative and Minister of Transport & Works Michael Lashley.

At the start of the service, Andre’s mother, Cynthia Gittens, delivered a powerful rendition of Because He Lives. Throughout the funeral she maintained a strong front, silently grieving in the arms of her husband Michael. However, at the end of the service she openly cried over the loss of her only son.

Gittens was an avid member of the Redemption Ministries Church, and his eulogy was read by his friend and director of the youth group Kenroy Birch.

Birch spoke of how Andre captivated teachers and classmates alike with his smile and jovial manner. Recounting how the former youth president lifted the spirits of those around him, Birch said: “If the church ever had a picnic, social event or a bus ride, you could hear the laughter in the back coming from the boys and be sure. Andre was always one smiling from ear to ear.”

Speaking on the behalf of the family, Birch recalled Gittens’ close relationship with his family.

“He had a special bond with his sisters Trecia, Linda and Kimberley. Being the baby in this sibling group coming 12 years after his last sister, he was both disciplined and spoiled by them,” he revealed.

Birch also spoke in detail of the close and loving relationship Andre had with his 86-year-old grandfather Iriving Gooding, also known as ‘Gran’.

“He loved his grandfather dearly and in his eyes he was flawless,” he said.

As Andre’s body was taken out of the Rock Hall, St Philip church, ‘Gran’ was visibly distraught and struggled to remain composed.

Delivering the sermon, Pastor Rev Dr Cliston Burke advised the family that presently, Andre was with the divineness of God and promised them that they will get through their time of sorrow.

Quoting 1 Peter, he said, “cast away all of your care on him and he will care for you”.

“You might not feel like you can get through, but God is able . . . God will strengthen you all during this time of sorrow,” Rev Burke added.

 

25 Responses to Goodbye Andre Gittens

  1. Codgi Anne
    Codgi Anne February 11, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Continue 2 R.I.P mmy son

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  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 11, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    R.I.P

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  3. Anderson Bovell
    Anderson Bovell February 12, 2017 at 12:05 am

    R.I.P

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  4. Kathy Ann Forde
    Kathy Ann Forde February 12, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Rip

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  5. Andrea Marsshall February 12, 2017 at 1:51 am

    condolences to the family…may he rest in peace

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  6. Rhonda M Lorde
    Rhonda M Lorde February 12, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Rip

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  7. Shantelle Yearwood
    Shantelle Yearwood February 12, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Rip

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  8. Beverley Bellamy
    Beverley Bellamy February 12, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Continue to RiP ,son .

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  9. Matilda Eversley
    Matilda Eversley February 12, 2017 at 7:18 am

    To Cynthia and the rest of the family my deepest deepest condolences on the lost of your son , praying that God will continue to strengthen you at this time,

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  10. Rosan Als
    Rosan Als February 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Sleep in peace

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  11. Raquel Thompson
    Raquel Thompson February 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

    rip

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  12. seagul February 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

    There’s too much silence surrounding these R.I.P’s. We should be speaking out against the authorities for allowing such accidents and robbing our nation of such positive young people.

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    • harry turnover February 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Seagul what are you saying ? are the Authorities RESPONSIBLE for ACCIDENTS ?
      YOU speak out…BUT you spewing forth garbage.Do you know what an ACCIDENT is ?…..AN UNFORSEEN OCCURRENCE …an occurrence that NOBODY can see coming.
      NOBODY can see an ACCIDENT coming…one can see INCIDENTS coming depending on how things are being done at the time

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    • Kevin February 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Everything single thing is some else’s (the government) fault. This is why we cant progress.

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    • Blily February 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      If statistics show that accidents in this area is a regular occurrence, then yes, the authorities are responsible for not making it safer.

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  13. Andrew Maynard
    Andrew Maynard February 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Sleep easy

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  14. Carol-ann Rudder
    Carol-ann Rudder February 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Rip

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  15. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse February 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    My deepest Sympathy to you family & friends.. You gone long too soon.. Rest In Peace..

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  16. Michael Joseph February 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

    From my family, to the family and friends of this young man, and his three friends, our heartfelt condolences , may their souls rest in eternal peace……RIP.

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  17. Sasha Herbert
    Sasha Herbert February 12, 2017 at 10:27 am

    R I P

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  18. Michael, Luba , Kyle, Cora, Carolyn, Ron February 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    My family and I had the pleasure of getting to know Andre while traveling to the Crane. He was so kind, genuine, made sure my kids were having a great time and made my son laugh each time he would stop to talk with us. We will be coming back to the Crane as usual in April and “Dre” is one of the people he has been asking about. My entire family and all of our friends have been so sad about this and only can hope that his family knows how great Andre was as a person. He literally touched the lives of people that live all over the world. From my family to yours, we are so sorry for your loss.

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  19. Margaret Caddle
    Margaret Caddle February 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Rest n peace

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  20. Evril Babb
    Evril Babb February 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Deepest condolences..

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  21. Margaret Newton
    Margaret Newton February 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    My condolences to you and family may he rip and rise n glory

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  22. Debera February 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    You people are so selfish,what about those young ladies ,let them four (RIP) four promising young people,I blow four doves for you all (LOVE).

    Reply

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