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SIDNEY ALEXANDER PROVAN – Strong family man who found pleasure with his God

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Sunday, February 03, 2019

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The following is the eulogy for Sidney Provan delivered recently by his granddaughter Yvette Simpson at the Service of Thanksgiving.

 

God saw him getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around him and whispered “Come to me”. w ith tearful eyes we watched him suffer and saw him slowly fade away; although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.

Sidney Alexander Provan, better known as Missa P, Brother Provan and Missa Provan, and his twin brother were born on April 6,1924 to parents Solomon and Cynthia.

Most of you here didn’t know that he was a twin and it was passed down to his generation where my mother had twins herself, my sister and I. His twin brother died from pneumonia at the tender age of 1.

Missa P grew up both in St Catherine and St Thomas and he attended a Roman Catholic School, which is known as Alpha Boys Town, which is located on South Camp Road.

Sidney Alexander Provan was the father of three children — Marva, Desmond and adopted son Ricky, who all still keep a close relationship despite the distance between them. He was also grandfather to 10 grandchildren and a great-grandfather of 9.

Sidney met and married a very nice lady, Rena Gordon and that union produced a daughter. The family then migrated to England and not long after their second child, a son was born. He worked at the Battersea Power Station as a foreman for nine (9) years before returning to Jamaica, where he and his family settled and made Mount Regale their home.

He was an outdoor type of person as he loved his animals, and his favourite hobby was woodwork and he was very, very, good at it. He also opened a small shop at his home where he loved playing dominoes, Ludo, and conversing with members of the community but most of all, he loved to read.

My grandfather found his joy around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whenever they visited him on holidays. But when it was time to leave it left him sad and he would asked “when are you coming to look for me again” which we would always say…soon.

Granddad loved going to church and on December 31, 2008 he was baptised and became a member of the Clarke Castle Seventh-day Adventist Church. he was a regular church attendee but in 2016 he took sick and was cared for by his daughter Marva, and that prevented him from attending church regularly. but he always find time to praise his maker….you would find him on the verandah reading his b ible and singing.

In mid-2018 it started looking gloomly for him and his family because his health started deteriorating, and he was in and out of hospital again.

On October 18,2018 my mother and I took him again to the hospital and two days later we got the horrible news that he passed.

Sidney Alexander Provan will always be remembered as a wonderful person, he will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind his three children, 10 grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

 

 

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