Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A star is gone


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SHANA CHRISTINA GRIFFITH was many things – stylish; kind; compassionate, and most of all, unforgettable.
A large crowd gathered at the Abundant Life Assembly, Bank Hall, St Michael, yesterday for Griffith’s funeral and subsequent interment at Coral Ridge cemetery.
Griffith was one of the six young women who died on September 3 after two men robbed and then set ablaze the clothing store Campus Trendz on Tudor Street, The City.
The funeral featured tributes to Griffith from her family, her old school, St James Secondary, and a violin performance by friend and former classmate Broderic Goodfellow.
In the eulogy, head of the foreign language department of St James Secondary School, Sharon Cumberbatch, said a star had gone out.
“‘Shana’ means ‘beautiful’ and ‘God is gracious’ which was evident as she grew up. Shana was an indomitable fighter and carried herself well. Her trademark smile reflected her spirit,” she said.
Cumberbatch said Griffith was a stylist who also co-ordinated her family’s wardrobe and acted as their hairdresser and make-up artist.
She said Griffith had a love of cooking, recounting a humorous incident when Griffith used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk to make macaroni pie, resulting in a “sweet” pie.
She was set to attend the hospitality institute in September 2011.
“On November 18, 1991, a star was born and on September 3, 2010, that star went out, but not even death can dim her luminescence from our hearts. Shana Christina Griffith: Truly unforgettable,” she said.
Senior pastor Dr Ivan Broomes reminded the congregation there was always hope in Jesus despite the pain of loss and challenged them to choose the path of forgiveness as it would free them to face the future. (CA)


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