A large crowd, including several employees of Purity Bakeries, turned out today at the St Bartholomew Anglican Church to pay their final respects to Jamar Scott, who died at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital on September 3 after suffering burns to 90 per cent of his body.
Doctors had given the 30-year-old, Lot 34, Lead Vale, Christ Church man a ten per cent chance of survival, after he was injured on the job at Purity Bakeries on August 25.
Today, Jamar was hailed by his sister as a devoted father to his seven-year-old son Jamari, who appeared reserved for most of funeral service, except when he had mustered enough courage to place one of his favourite toys next to his dad’s body before the casket was closed.
During the emotional funeral service, relatives also wept openly as Jamar’s sister Lee-Ann Scott-Lewis talked of how his life had completely changed on September 5, 2009 when his son was born.
“Everything since then was always about Jamari,” she said, while deeming it “ironic” that the last picture Jamar ever took was with his son, as her outgoing brother was preparing to go off to Bushy Park, St Philip for Soca Royale.
Emphasizing the strong bond between father and son, she said: “Jamari would not go to sleep until his father got home from work.
“When [Jamar] came home it was not time to sleep, but it was movie time, and those two would be up until morning and wake up in the morning,” she told the congregation.
Scott-Lewis also revealed that Jamal’s parents had produced two sets of twins, including paternal brothers Jamal and Jamel.
Scott-Lewis said her brother, whose nicknames were “bread man” and “Barry”, was a dedicated worker.
His first job was at Four Square Rum Distillery before he moved on to Purity.
In her address, officiating Minister Reverend Jillian Crawford told the congregation that while they may question why they were attending the sad occasion, they must use Jamal’s untimely death to reflect on the value of life.
Jamar was laid to rest at the Coral Ridge Cemetery.