Obituary of David Christmas
David Garrick Christmas, 87, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel and Georgianna Christmas; brothers, Charlie, Harcort, Horatius, Grifford, William, Enoch Christmas; sisters, Ena Burnett, Violet Joseph, Stella James, Isalila Durand, Marianie Christmas, and Theresa Christmas. Left to cherish David’s memory are his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Medora Christmas; sons, Byron, Paul, Jerry, Orvin and Ken Christmas; daughters, Jenefer Christmas, Dermer Christmas, Vera Thomas, Merle Brown; thirty grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; and a host of other family and dear friends.
David was born in the once thriving village of Wesley on the Island of Dominica. Whose residents relied mainly on fishing and agriculture as the source of income. He came into the world on May 29th, 1930. The son of the late Gilbert Nathaniel and Georgianna Christmas, He attended the Wesley Government School and after leaving school attended trade school where he acquired the skills of carpentry, He built his first dwelling home ensuring his new bride and children would have secure shelter.
Garrick as he was widely known, was a humble, kind, and assertive person, often referred to as a Jack of all trade but he mastered them all. He was very good at what he did, He was a fisherman today, a farmer tomorrow, a builder the next day, a mechanic the other day, He was known to overhaul the engine of a vehicle and put it back together again. We would often see him dismantle his boat engine, wash the intricate parts and be able to put them all back together, we always marveled at this amazing feat. We admired our dad and saw him as a: Survivor, protector, great provider, A God-fearing man who taught his children the way of the lord, He was a disciplinarian and often misunderstood by those who loved him most. As adults we have since realized that had it not been for the disciplinary upbringing, we might not be where we are now. Thank you, dad, for everything.
Services for David will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Westbury United Methodist Church, 5200 Willowbend Blvd., Houston, Texas 77096. The visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will follow the services at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.
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