Addison “Tim” Lankester of Clarendon, Jamaica, and most recently of Laurel, Maryland, USA, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2020.
Tim was born on December 13, 1942, in London, England. He moved to Jamaica with his parents, Geoff and Kathleen, when he was 3 years old. He spent his formative school years in Jamaica at deCarteret Prep School and Monroe College. After working at Sevens Sugar Estate, he moved to England to study mechanical engineering. During that time, he met his wife, Gill, and later had his three children, Mark, Ian and Judi. Between 1967 and 1981, he worked as an engineer in the sugar industry. Although he was based in England, he worked in numerous countries including Guyana, Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya and the Philippines. In 1981, he moved back to Jamaica to join his brothers, Roy and Chris, in the family business. He spent the next 30+ years in the May Pen area where he had an immeasurable impact on those around him.
Tim was dedicated to his family. Undoubtedly, he is fondly remembered for his warm and welcoming personality which made so many people feel like family. He loved his daughters-in-law, Kathy and Julie; his son-in-law, Paul; and sisters-in-law, Mary and Liz. He was a dedicated father and played an integral role in the lives of his grandchildren Gabrielle, Brandon, Ethan, Rhys, Megan, and his nieces and nephews. He was a role model for so many. He was known as “Uncle” to many of his children’s friends; “Grandpa” to his grandchildren’s friends; and “Mr. Tim” to so many valued employees. Tim was a great friend to many. He especially enjoyed relaxing on the patios or verandahs of his dear friends as well as going to Pigeon Island. Many of his friends and relatives live all over the world so he would visit them whenever possible.
Volunteerism was his passion and an integral part of who he was. Tim was dedicated to his community and was always willing to lend a hand; to fix a problem; and to help others. In Jamaica, he was a Trustee of Cross Basic School, and he also served on both the Boards of Glenmuir Prep School and Glenmuir High School. He was involved with Clarendon Group for the Disabled, Clarendon Scouts Local Association, Rural Family Support Organization, Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, and many other community initiatives. Although he was formally involved in many organizations, his biggest impact was on the countless individuals and families he helped and supported along the way. His work was recognized by the Government of Jamaica and many other organizations. He received numerous meritorious awards including the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation and the Governor-General’s Appreciation Award of Excellence.
After retiring, Tim spent the last few years of his life in Laurel, Maryland, where he quickly immersed himself in a new community, continued volunteering, and was loved by so many more. We have lost a great man and he will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years and all his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Donaldson’s Chapel located at 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Maryland, on Monday, March 9th, at 11:00 am—welcoming guests from 10:00 am. Cheerful colors would be appreciated to help us celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a cause that was important to Tim, Shriners Hospital for Children https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
A Celebration of Life service will also be held in May Pen, Jamaica, in the near future (date TBD).
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