Tears flowed amidst glowing tributes, as a sizeable congregation bid farewell to British-Jamaican Olympian Germaine Mason, during a thanksgiving service for his life at the Hagley Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Kingston on Sunday. Sprint king Usain Bolt, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison, Chris Martin, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell, among other sporting figures and colleagues, showed support for Mason’s mother, Carol, and the other bereaved relatives, and served as pallbearers. Mason’s cousin, Eric Cyrus Jr, who read the eulogy, remembered him as the decent, stand-up guy. “He lived life to the fullest. Through his endeavours, he never gave up. He persisted until he triumphed. And that easygoing personality that we all know, he carried with him into his fatherly role.” A father of two (with one on the way), Mason lost his life on April 20, after his motorcycle crashed along the Palisadoes Road in Kingston. Following Sunday’s funeral service, he was buried at Long Road, Grange Hill, in his native Portland. Mason was 34 years old.
> ‘KING’ OF QUEENS: Spartan taps Kandi King for MJW director
Television presenter, businesswoman and tastemaker Kandi King is the Pageant Director for this year’s staging of Miss Jamaica World, a franchise that has been reclaimed by the Spartan Health Club. She is a former MJW contestant, now the CEO of Karnival by Kandi, a concierge service which has been providing destination and lifestyle packages for Caribbean carnivals since 2014. King is a valuable addition to the family, says Spartan. “With her passion for branding and strong organization skills, King will no doubt be a major asset to the Miss Jamaica World organization, as she helps to guide and supervise all aspects of this year’s competition,” the health club’s management said in a statement announcing King’s executive appointment. In 2016, King became a founding member and director of Xaymaca International, one of Jamaica’s newest carnival bands. Each week, she brings her radiance and charm to our living rooms as the host of Chill Spot on Business Access TV.