Wednesday, March 29, 2017 — Brian Bonitto Jamaica Observer
SCORES of entertainment fraternity members, family and former colleagues filled Tent City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portmore, St Catherine last Sunday to pay respect to singer Edi Fitzroy.
|The cover of Edi Fitzroy’s funeral programme. |
(Photos: Steve James)
Desi Young, president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians, who read one of the lessons, said Fitzroy made a positive impact and was well respected.
“He got a good farewell. It was well-attended by members of the entertainment fraternity,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
In addition to Young, remembrances and lessons were given by television personality Suzie Q, Fitzroy’s former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) colleagues Tony Patel and Winston Williams; deejays Major Mackerel and Merciless. Percussionist Bongo Herman and Thriller U offered musical tributes.
|(From left) Entertainers Little Lennie, |
Dillinger, Triston Palmer,
Thriller U, Michigan
and Bongo Herman. (Steve James)
Edi Fitzroy, whose real name was Fitzroy Edwards, died in the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon on March 3. He was 61.
|Sly Dunbar & Trinity|
While working as an accountant at JBC in 1978, Fitzroy recorded Miss Molly Colly, his breakthrough hit. In the 1980s, he had a slew of hits which included The Gun, Check For You Once, and Princess Black.
He is survived by six daughters , two sisters, and a brother. A son, Rory, predeceased him.
Interment for Edi Fitzroy was in Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.