|Dominic Matouk, 21, laid to rest |
By LARA PICKFORD-GORDON Thursday, December 13 2012
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Dominic Matouk was a talented musician, loved the outdoors and surrounded himself with “fine young people.” He was concerned about the environment and the social injustice of poverty.
These descriptions yesterday came from businessman and dad, Jeremy Matouk, as he gave the eulogy for his son, at the Church of the Assumption, Maraval.Twenty-one-year-old Dominic hung himself last Saturday at his family’s St Clair home.
There was standing room only at the church, as scores of persons attended the thanksgiving mass. Additional parking was available at the Country Club.
Members of the congregation wept during the service and Matouk began the eulogy by expressing gratitude to all the persons who gave consolation with their prayers and visits. He said one consistent message from persons throughout was that their sentiments were inadequate. But Matouk said they helped make “this experience more bearable than it might have been.” While speculation about Dominic’s death has been circulating, Matouk said he would use the opportunity to dispel them and said the family loved Dominic’s girlfriend Marie and held her dear. He said they both loved music and this was one of the cherished memories the family would keep in their hearts.
Matouk spoke of Dominic’s start in music, trying the drums, which his brother Sebastian also played. However, “Dominic was not born to play drums,” Matouk said.
Dominic then tried his hand at playing guitar and progressed from acoustic to the electric guitar. Matouk indicated that both he and wife Michelle could play the guitar. He said Dominic had “natural talent” and got better and better with time that it was a pleasure to be around when he played. Matouk said Dominic had a “magnetic personality” and was extremely popular. This led to his friends being at the Matouk home and among them Matouk said were some of the “most talented young people” anyone could meet. Dominic was a rugby player and loved the sport. He gave of his time coaching the Fatima College Rugby team, which went on to win the rugby title for three consecutive years.
He loved the outdoors and would spend time climbing hills and mountains and photographing the view. He also meditated when he was at the top of mountains. Matouk said Dominic could not accept that poverty was an inevitable part of life. On his son’s concern for the environment, he said Dominic admired persons who respected the environment and practised self-sufficiency. Dominic did not tell jokes, but was good at impersonating people. This is an opportunity for us to remember God’s ways are not man’s, and that he brings God’s gifts and our salvation in ways we may not expect turning human frailty into strength where there is human limitations He brings his grace.”
Also officiating at the mass were Fathers Garfield Rochard, Reginald Hezekiah and Ronald Mendes.