|‘Candice had a passion for life’ |
By SEAN DOUGLAS Thursday, May 15 2014
FAMILY, friends and colleagues yesterday said goodbye to mother of two, Sylvia Candice Douglas-Mohammed, popularly known as “Candice”, the mother of two who was murdered by an unknown assailant at the family’s Kelly Village home last Sunday (Mother’s Day).
The funeral was held at St Charles RC Church, Tunapuna, followed by cremation at Belgrove’s Memorial Centre, Trincity.
A family eulogy was read by her cousin, Barry Martin Alleyne, while three of Candice’s co-workers from the Arima branch of the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) did a joint colleague eulogy.
“There are no words to describe our pain,” said a sombre Alleyne. “There are no words to describe Candice. However I will try to do justice to Candice’s remarkable character, strength, beauty, love and passion for life.”
Alleyne said Candice, at 34, had so much life left to live before her demise. Recalling Candice as very bright, as shown by her academics, and very strong-willed, Alleyne said she would have wanted mourners to remember her life with smiles on their faces. She was a hard worker who loved her garden, beautiful things and going shopping.
Candice was a good mother to her sons, Alexei and Aidan, and would always tell them, “I love you”, whenever dropping them off to school, said Alleyne. He vowed the family would help teach the two boys further about their mother’s goodness. “Candice was an avid reader of all things written; a caring and loving daughter; a devoted mother; a loyal friend, sister and sister-in-law; a dear niece and cousin; a beloved aunt; a committed employee and a faithful Catholic who enjoyed singing hymns and had great faith in God,” said Alleyne. “Candice had her doubts many times in her life especially this past year, but her trust and faith in God carried her through those difficult times. On the morning she died it was her faith and trust (and ours) that carried her from our hands to God’s,” related Alleyne.
“Her life was so tragically cut short but during her time on earth she touched so many people. We are all proud of her. Her memory will live on in all our hearts forever. Candice, we will all miss you. God bless.” Candice’s three UTC colleagues described her as feisty but filled with love.
One said she was the epitome of unconditional love. She had a beautiful and an infectious smile, was bright, vibrant and a hard worker. Candice was known at her branch as the expert on automatic telling machines. Another woman spoke of Candice’s fondness for sweet-drinks and her love of dressing up for the occasions of Emancipation Day and Arrival Day. A third colleague said Candice was a woman with a competitive streak — as humourously seen in bruised knees and torn skirt-hems in the Easter Egg Hunt — and a warm heart.
Recalling Candice, the colleague said God never gives us more than we can bear. “You had to bear so much, our sister, yet you did it with poise and grace, and that beautiful smile to hide your pain.” In the homily, Monsignor Esau Joseph said the funeral was a time of pain, grief and sorrow, but urged mourners to turn to God who will raise her soul.
The service ended with a video-production featuring still-photos of Candice from childhood, to the tune of the late Michael Jackson’s song, “Gone too soon”.