Grand farewell for D'Angels father Clive Downer

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dangel-and-father-clive-downer.jpgHailed as an awesome father, grandfather and "one of the greatest singers who was too shy to buss', Noel "Clive" Downer was eulogised in song and spoken word at his funeral service held last Wednesday.

The Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega in the old capital of Spanish Town was as packed with mourners as it is with history, and those who were present enjoyed the flowing tributes paid to the late businessman and father of four girls, including popular recording artiste Michelle 'D'Angel' Downer. The high profile D'Angel, who arrived,with the family in a stretch limousine, led the mourners who had come to pay their last respects to a man who many called 'friend'.

"I didn't know that Clive had so many friends until last night," Loxley Downer, the very emotional brother of the deceased, informed the congregation.

It was he too, who told the packed church that perhaps the only time that Clive sang publicly was at the wedding of his daughter Michelle to Dancehall King and Grammy winner Beenie Man "and after Michelle urged his to sing, we had a hard time getting back the microphone from him", Loxley said.

And, as if recalling that momentous occasion, both D'Angel and Beenie, who sat right beside his ex-wife in the front pew, shared smiles.

The previous night, many of D'Angel's colleagues in the entertainment industry had come out to support her at the 'nine night' and on Wednesday, Lukie D, Aisha Davis and George Nooks added their voice in song with strong, passion-filled renditions of Clive Downer's favourite songs. Nooks took the singing to the next level and had the entire congregation engaged in praised and worship as he performed right before the closing prayer.

Among other entertainment personalities present was a elegantly attired Claudette Kemp, the manager for reggae artiste Capleton.

Clive Downer succumbed to his injuries in hospital after being hit down by a motorist last month in Spanish Town.