Gresford Lear Stephens, a most beloved soul, departed his earthly form on March 25th, 2018. Born to Raphael and Edith Stephens on January 10, 1953, the third of five children, Gressie grew up in the Waltham Park community surrounded by family, friends and community. Gressie attended St. Aloysius Primary School and went on for technical training in welding in his home town of Kingston, Jamaica. He spent 45 proud years working on the railway in Jamaica, first as a brakesman and conductor on the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC), then as a locomotive operator for Alcan and Windalco, Jamaica. He is remembered lovingly by his siblings Loius, Carlie, Cliffie and Colette, his children Shawnette, Mark, Marlon, Tricia, Gary, Sameik, Andwayne and Gresford Jr., and his grandchildren, Jason, Jemeille, Allyson, Sameik, Sameika and Jay. Gressie loved life, he loved to sing and dance. Those who met him were almost immediately pulled in by his warmth, his gentleness and his giving spirit. Please join our family here in NYC and in Jamaica to celebrate the gift of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations to "Food for the Poor Jamaica" will be accepted to fund the Gresford Lear Stephens Scholarship Fund account for graduates of St. Aloysius Primary School moving on to high and technical schools in Jamaica.
Important: remember to indicate the Gresford Stephens Education Fund in the memo/description section to ensure that it gets assigned appropriately.