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Estwick ‘always aimed for best’

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by Gercine carterUnofficial mourners spilled onto the grounds around Christ Church Parish Church yesterday as they joined hundreds  of officials attending  the funeral service  of former parliamentarian Tyrone Estwick.In a eulogy covering Estwick’s life, childhood friend Cedric Blackman spoke about the character of a man who grew up aiming to be the “top don” in the neighbourhood of Brereton, St Philip.“He strived to be the best at everything he did,” Blackman said, while recounting Estwick’s exploits in sport and other activities in his community and at school.The eulogist said Estwick entered Boys’ Foundation School at age ten and amidst the  many active areas of school life in which he engaged, he was able to hone debating skills  that laid the foundation for a legal career.“Tyrone was a no-nonsense person who has never hesitated to express an opinion on matters which affected him. Although he was patient and understanding, he placed certain limits on what he considered to be foolishness,” Blackman said.In his address, Archdeacon Eric Lynch, quoting from the book of Lamentations, reminded mourners that “the steadfast love of the  Lord never ceases. His compassion never fails”. Lynch also used the opportunity to remind the congregation of the importance of giving back to a school and contributing to the development of present students.Soloist Toni Norville rendered two solos including Beyoncé’s Halo.The funeral service was conducted by Archdeacon Lynch, assisted by Canon Austin Carrington. Among the officials attending were Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Acting Chief Justice Sherman Moore, President of the Senate, Senator Branford Taitt, Speaker  of the House of Assembly, Michael Carrington, and Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley.

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