ALL FOR IAN: family, friends, politicians celebrate Boyne's life
Veteran journalist, Ian Boyne, was honoured with a five-hour funeral service at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on Sunday, with a wide cross-section of the Jamaican society among the thousands who attended.
Tributes flowed abundantly, with politicians, clergy, media and family members bestowing almost national status on Boyne with their lavish praise of the former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
Boyne, who died on December 18 after falling ill on December 2, had a farewell service filled with plenty of laughter, interspersed with some tears.
His work in the media was highly praised, with accolades being given to the long-lasting ‘Profile’ and the punchy ‘Religious Hard Talk’, both aired on Television Jamaica.
Boyne's work ethic was also praised by some of his senior colleagues.
Three of Jamaica's five living prime ministers played active roles in Boyne's funeral, with Jamaica's current leader, Andrew Holness, and his predecessor, Portia Simpson Miller, both giving tributes, while Bruce Golding read the first lesson. Former prime ministers PJ Patterson and Edward Seaga did not attend the funeral.
Two of Boyne's pastoral friends, Al Miller and Clinton Chisholm, had the audience in stitches during their tributes, with Miller using media terminologies to describe Boyne's departure to heaven.
In a detailed report, Miller said that sources told him that Ian had the right profile to be taken to heaven, as his feature was the right one to interview biblical characters.
While Boyne's youngest children, Andre and Brianna Grant, gave tributes, it was that of his eldest daughter, Kelly-Ann, that most captivated the audience, as she started her tribute from the back of the seats with the choruses, 'It Is Well With My Soul' and 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow', and with a dancer behind her, she slowly made her way to the stage and the podium.
There, she mixed her tribute with poems, old partners and family members giving anecdotal video presentations, more songs, and a powerful speech that kept the audience glued to her presentation in its entirety.
While Boyne’s cousin, Professor Michael Boyne, also remembered Ian’s life, there were musical presentations throughout the service, with Ken Booth, Kevin Downswell and Jermaine Edwards lending their voices to the proceedings, and JIS staff members forming a choir and doing a song.