Mark Oneal Kazoo Harewood and Ricke Ricartos Slick Rick Harewood were like the proverbial peas in a pod, brothers who were inseparable in life and in death.
They lived together in a Fairview, Christ Church house which they shared with their 72-year-old mother Lucene Bishop, and their eldest brother, Andrew, and they died together in an early morning blaze of April 10 that gutted the rear section of their wooden and concrete home. No one knew they were home at the time, and their charred bodies were only discovered after the blaze was extinguished and fire officials were carrying out an examination of the burnt structure.
The cremated remains of Mark, 43, and Ricke, 42, were officially “laid” to rest this afternoon at St Patrick’s Anglican Church where mourners gathered to remember the brothers as caring, loving and cooperative.
There were no tears, just laughter echoing through the small church as the mourners recounted many a humorous story about the duo.
During the eulogy, neighbour Denton Crichlow described the two as “thick as thieves”, meaning they were never apart.
“On any given day these two brothers could be seen from as early as 5:30 a.m. together on the road making a daily trek to work. If not together and you ask one for the other, you would hear, ‘somewhere behind there coming,’” Crichlow said.
A close friend of the two, Crichlow said they were always willing to offer a helping hand.
“Slick Rick and Kazoo did not have much to offer but whatever they had, they were glad to share with you. If they appreciated you, you can bet that on Thursday or Friday for sure they would be offering . . . something to wet your throat, hence people willingly gave them whether they had or not.
“In those two brothers we have what the world is lacking: peace, love, sincerity and caring for each other because nothing was too good for them and no one was considered an outcast because everything they did came from the heart,” he emphasized, adding they were jovial and loved to resolve conflicts with a drink and laughter.
“They loved to help everyone and make a joke,” said Crichlow, who also described Mark as the life of the party.
“He was the person Lil Rick sang about when he said he was the first one in the place and the last one to leave,” Crichlow stated.
Reverend Angela Phillips described the brothers as mannerly and respectful, and she urged the St Patrick’s community to adhere to the values that the duo followed.
“What they had that God gave to them and provided for them, they shared with somebody . . . . That is testimony to how we should live in this community of St Patrick’s. It is about loving one another and sharing with one another and it is about caring for each other,” Phillips stressed as she beseeched the congregation to exhibit the same level of sincerity and generosity.
“Whether we like it or not we are dependent on one another and at some point of our lives you will need somebody . . . . This is what it means to live in the community,” the Anglican priest said.