Teary goodbye

Hananiah gets emotional farewell

The final farewell for 13-year-old Hananiah Aran Jahdiel Reeves was nothing short of emotional as a distraught crowd packed into the Ellerton Wesleyan Holiness Church to say their last goodbyes.

Hananiah’s family, friends and schoolmates from Princess Margaret Secondary School huddled inside the church, consoling each other while commemorating the life of the lively and energetic teenager whose promising future was snatched on October 4 in a tragic vehicular accident just a stone’s throw from his Campaign Castle, St George home.

Police said the teenager was attempting to cross the road in front of a minibus from which he had disembarked when he was struck by a car driven by 59-year-old David Ash of Thorpes, St James, who was overtaking the minibus.

Hannaniah, who was returning home from running an errand, was rushed to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

Today, his mother Rosalind Greene and father Curtis Roberts were visibly upset as the small blue casket was carried into the church.

Hananiah’s mother Rosalind Greene (centre) broke down in tears during today’s funeral service.
The family of Hananiah Reeves standing over his casket, including his mother Rosalind Greene and sister Roshana Reeves, being consoled here by a relative.

Greene’s cries pierced the eerie silence among the congregation at the Ellerton, St George church.

There was not a dry eye in sight as the large family openly mourned the loss of the “kind-hearted” and “delightful” child.

Even during her musical tribute, Living Without You, his sister Nikita Roberts-Kirton broke down in tears halfway through her delivery of the song.

She was able to regain her composure only after Hananiah’s other sister Roshana Reeves stepped onto the stage to support her.

Until the end of the sermon, only sobs could be heard as the family members circled Hananiah’s casket and loudly mourned his death, while other mourners remained in their seats, with tears in their eyes.

Delivering the eulogy, Roshana spoke of her brother’s kindred spirit and infectious laughter. As a typical teenage boy, he enjoyed sports, mainly cricket, football and darts. Roshana shared that Hananiah could also be found travelling around at home with a skateboard or a bicycle.

The fifth of six children, the former St Luke’s Brighton Primary School student was referred to as handy, helpful and someone with a “carefree spirit”, by his eldest sister.

“His smile was one which would light up the room and his favourite question to anyone was, ‘are you okay, you want help?’” she reminisced.

“We will always remember Hanzie with the smile he always used to have on his face and he wouldn’t want us crying. Right now he is smiling and laughing and asking, ‘all of this for me?’”

Recounting his love for Barbadian songstress Rihanna and for ‘oldie goldies’, Roshana quoted from the words of Hananiah’s favourite song Little Bitty by Alan Jackson.

“We might as well share, we might as well smile, because life goes on for a little bitty while.”

Struggling to maintain her composure, the 25-year-old urged family members “to be strong and stay together” throughout this traumatic ordeal.

A cohort from the Princess Margaret Secondary School also attended the service to pay their last respects. Hananiah’s classmates from Form 3F were in attendance, along with his form teacher Cheryll Linton.

While offering her condolences on behalf of the principal and staff of the Six Roads, St Philip secondary school, Linton described Hananiah as a model student, who was polite, considerate, assertive and a leader.

“Even though small in stature, Hananiah was one of the most courageous boys in class. He spoke the truth and I could rely on his account of a situation,” she revealed.

“Last term he was the only person who freely gave an account of a situation he had witnessed when others were either unwilling or too scared. That day Hananiah became a giant in my mind,” she added.

Reverend Livingstone Trotman reminded the family to trust in God during this painful time.

“Sometimes in our lowest, in our pain and worst, God will use these opportunities to speak to us,” said the cleric who added: “I am here to let you know that God has not forsaken you . . . .He speaks to you today to let you know that he is here.”

The funeral service was followed by burial at the St Luke’s Anglican Church.

katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb

34 Responses to Teary goodbye

  1. Sophia Sobers Ifill
    Sophia Sobers Ifill October 20, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    May. he R. I. P

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  2. Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock
    Andrea BajanfromEaglehall Rock October 20, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    May he R.I.P

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  3. Jai Sunshyne
    Jai Sunshyne October 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    SIP precious.

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  4. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison October 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    why is it this little boy family is in so much pain and we are not aware of the name of the driver who took this child life…may he rest in peace and rise in glory

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  5. Theresa Leslie
    Theresa Leslie October 20, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    It break my heart my sistren

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  6. Margaret Brathwaite
    Margaret Brathwaite October 21, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Condolences to the family

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  7. Sonia Watts
    Sonia Watts October 21, 2017 at 12:11 am

    So sad!

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  8. Empress-jay Brathwaite
    Empress-jay Brathwaite October 21, 2017 at 12:31 am

    It breaks my heart very hurtful indeed. May this Angel RIP

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  9. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers October 21, 2017 at 12:32 am

    So sad…RIP

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  10. Tissot Flower
    Tissot Flower October 21, 2017 at 12:39 am

    rip

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  11. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams October 21, 2017 at 3:09 am

    May this mother somehow find even a little measure of comfort! Her grief is heart wrenching……… God bless her.

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  12. Kim K Smith
    Kim K Smith October 21, 2017 at 4:26 am

    RIP ,a wonderful tribute to a dear child. I pray his mother and family be comforted in their grief. God’s blessings.

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  13. Roberta Ford
    Roberta Ford October 21, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Rip with the angels

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  14. Joyce McIntosh
    Joyce McIntosh October 21, 2017 at 6:15 am

    So sad Rip

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  15. Michelle Watts
    Michelle Watts October 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Condolences to family may he RIP

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  16. Caroline Trotman
    Caroline Trotman October 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

    May he RIP

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  17. Sherlock Holmes. October 21, 2017 at 6:40 am

    This is so sad my sincere condolences to the family.

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  18. Maria Thompson
    Maria Thompson October 21, 2017 at 6:49 am

    R.I.P little one, God’s strength and comfort for the family

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  19. Jennifer October 21, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Sis your face says it all. Sis it is only flesh. May the holy one of Abraham, Isaac and Yacob comfort you and your family. Shalawam Sis.

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  20. Kerry Phillips
    Kerry Phillips October 21, 2017 at 7:43 am

    May he RIP

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  21. Sandra basc October 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I feel this family’s sorrow. It is truly heart wrenching especially when little ones die so tragically. This family can only wonder what kind of man Hananiah would have become.

    May he rest in peace and may God’ s perpetual light shine upon him and his family.

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  22. Africa EmpressNyah
    Africa EmpressNyah October 21, 2017 at 8:17 am

    There is nothing more terrible for a mother to face on this earth..heartbreaking

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  23. Michelle Alison Edey
    Michelle Alison Edey October 21, 2017 at 8:28 am

    So sad

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  24. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne October 21, 2017 at 8:31 am

    My condolences to the entire family. So so sorry for your loss. May GOD comfort you and wrap you all in his protection.

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  25. Pat Codrington
    Pat Codrington October 21, 2017 at 8:41 am

    So,so sad.

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  26. Desta Bascom Baptiste
    Desta Bascom Baptiste October 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Rip

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  27. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee October 21, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Rest in peace. ,,

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  28. Melissa Taitt
    Melissa Taitt October 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

    lm more than hurt may God help her make it through this

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  29. Diamond Solomon
    Diamond Solomon October 21, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Rip

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  30. Karen F-Glasgow
    Karen F-Glasgow October 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

    My condolences ros

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  31. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens October 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

    RIP little one so sad condolences to all friends and family

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  32. Helicopter(8P) October 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    So Bajans you see! This is what selfishness on the public roads do! My condolances to the child’s family.

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