Big shoes to fill - Lawyer remembered for being ambitious
William Ashbell Hines was born in Salt Marsh, Trelawny, on March 1 1953. He died tragically on February 2, 2019. His body was discovered in a sink hole on his Farm at Orange Valley.
Hines' thanksgiving service was held at the William Knibb Baptist Church on Saturday, March 23.
Tributes to the man called 'Bill' were delivered by friend and relatives, members of the legal fraternity, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and his church. They all had a similar theme. Hines was described as quiet, caring and loving to friends acquaintances and family.
Keith Adams, Bill's friend of more than 43 years, said: "He was a great soul who was honest and honourable. Bill was true and sincere and was held in the highest esteem. Always ambitious, he never stopped studying. At age 53, already a chartered accountant, he went to study law. He worked as a lawyer at the time of his death. He has left a good legacy, and a big pair of shoes to fill."
Rhoan Hines, Bill's sister, in her remembrance regarded him as the motivator for all his siblings.
"We had a very close-knit family. He encouraged all of us to be ambitious. The woman I am today is because of his direction when I left high school and needed to choose a career.
He was dedicated and meticulous. A hard worker who loved goats, cows and his faithful, golden Volkswagen."
In the eulogy, his wife, Janet, to whom he was married for 35 years, described him as "a proud husband and good father to our three children".
Rev Devere Nugent, in his sermon, said: "Despite the senseless killing, we still have the real thing in Jesus Christ. It is tragic the way he died, but nothing can separate us from the love of God."