The Braeton Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hellshire Main Road, Portmore is currently mourning the loss of a member who died during their worship service on Sabbath, June 1, 2019, at the Church.
According to reports from Dr. Siddian Brady, who was on duty at the time, “Mr. Lindel Clarke was noted to be slumped back in his seat while in church and unresponsive to attempts to alert him. He was taken to the sick bay and a doctor called in. An initial assessment by the doctor indicates that Mr. Clarke was unresponsive. His pupils dilated and he had gasping respiration. CPR was commenced and continued for 20 minutes. He was pronounced dead at 1:21 pm after attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful.”
Dr. Tanesha Sherwood, a member of the Braeton Seventh-day Adventists Church, also assisted in the procedure. The police were called in and after their assessment, the body was removed from the premises by a funeral home.
“It is a very sad experience for the church”, said Pastor Christopher Mighty, pastor of the Braeton Church. Pastor Mighty said that as soon as he became aware that Mr. Lindel Clarke died, he contacted Mr. Lindel Clarke‘s daughter and other relatives to inform them of the sad news.
The daughter, who had dropped off Mr. Lindel Clarke at church in the morning was called to the church before being told about her father’s passing. Pastor Mighty said that he waited until the worship service ended before sharing with the church what had happened.
The Administrators of the Central Jamaica Conference arranged for visitation and grief counseling with the members of the church and Mr. Lindel Clarke relatives. Family Ministries Director, Pastor Roy Dennis visited the church during their Wednesday Night prayer meeting on June 5, 2019, while two other Directors from the Conference, Mrs. Ruth Walcott, Prayer Ministries Coordinator, and Pastor Daniel Pink, Ministerial Secretary visited the family of Mr. Lindel Clarke on June 4, 2019.
The Administrators, Staff, and Workers of CJC express condolences to Mr. Lindel Clarke’s and the Braeton Church families.