Hundreds turn out for Leon Thomas Jr’s funeral service
Leon Thomas Jr
The political, business and academic communities were well represented as hundreds packed the Portmore New Testament Church of God at Bayside, Portmore, St Catherine on Saturday for the thanksgiving service for the life of Leon Thomas Jr, the son of Portmore Mayor, Leon Thomas Snr.
Thomas Jr, who died on June 4 after a brief illness, was hailed as a “model citizen” by Opposition Leader and President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, who paid tribute on behalf of the party.
The young Thomas was a member of the PNPYO, the party's main youth organisation. He was also a past student of Calabar High School, the Portmore Community College and Excelsior Community College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
In numerous tributes from family, friends, his church, Excelsior and Portmore Community Colleges, Thomas was remembered as a trailblazer, a bright, industrious young man who was a people person and a good son. He was also remembered as a dedicated Christian who was actively involved in the Portmore New Testament Church of God, where his thanksgiving service was held on Saturday.
Member of Parliament for South St Catherine, Fitz Jackson, at the end of the thanksgiving service for the life of Leon Thomas Jr.
Thomas Jr was also an avid sportsman, representing Jamaica at rugby as part of the history-making Reggae Warriors, who have in recent times registered significant wins against much higher ranked teams, Canada and the United States.
Members of the national rugby team came out in their numbers and gave a moving tribute in which they remembered Thomas as a family and church man and husband, who was also dedicated to his sport. He was instrumental in introducing rugby to both the Portmore and Excelsior community colleges and he also played for the Duhaney Park Red Sharks.
He was also a manager at Courts (Jamaica) Limited at the time of his death.
Thomas Jr began complaining of a pain in his side in February and, following a series of tests, it was determined that he had a tumour in his kidney. He commenced treatment, including chemotherapy, but succumbed to his illness on June 4.
Despite his grief, Portmore Mayor, Leon Thomas (centre), accommodated persons who wanted to be photographed with him at the end of the thanksgiving service for the life of his son, Leon Thomas Jr, at the Portmore New Testament Church of God at Bayside, Portmore St Catherine on Saturday.
Among those in attendance at Saturday’s thanksgiving service were Members of Parliament Fitz Jackson, Colin Fagan, Robert Pickersgill, Lisa Hanna, and her husband, businessman Richard Lake.
Also attending were the former Mayor of Portmore, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Keith Hinds; the Mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott; and several councillors from both the Portmore Municipal and St Catherine Municipal Corporations. Also in attendance was businessman William Mahfood and his wife.
Following the nearly five-hour-long service, Thomas Jr was interred at Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine
He is survived by his father, mother Patsy, two sisters and a host of other family members and friends.