Alvin Parchment aka "Polish" was born on November 29, 1941, in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He is the third child of Julie Barnaby and Ezekiel Chambers. Alvin lost his mother at the early age of six years old and his father at the age of twelve. He was raised by his grandmother along with his five siblings.
At a tender age he lost his grandmother and therefore, he relocated to Kingston, Jamaica to begin a life of his own. Trying to survive without parents at a very young age was extremely difficult for Alvin, but through the Grace of God whom he strongly believed in, he managed to survive. He worked as a crewman for many years and then he was laid off in the late 70’s.
Alvin loved all his children and worked extremely hard to provide for each one of them. He was determined to give his children the opportunity to have a better life than he did and so, he migrated to the United States of America in 1977 at the age of thirty-six years old, he worked in the orchard
and as a laborer. In 1990, he brought all six of his children to the United States of America. Alvin’s love for his children was unconditional and there was nothing that anyone could do to prevent him from providing for his children and ensuring that they were safe and not hungry. His desire was to see all his children get a good education and that was his main reason for bringing them to the USA.
Alvin was confident, serious and a resilient human being that could weather any storms. He was selfless and a man of values and integrity. He was loved by many including his friends who often spoke highly of the love he had for his children. They spoke of how he frequently sacrificed his own personal needs to ensure that his children had what they needed.
Alvin was a very strict father who often seemed difficult at times, but only because he wanted the best and only the best for his children. In addition to his children, he also loved all his grandchildren and often encouraged them to get a good education. His siblings and other relatives were no exception. His desire was to win the lottery so he could one day go back to Jamaica and provide for every member of his family.
Alvin was authentic and one of a kind. He was genuine, determined, outspoken, not easily convinced. He was trustworthy, selfless, and transparent. He was that person who would give you the shoes off his feet and the clothes off his back. He was a generous human being that often gave up his bed and slept on the floor so others could sleep comfortable.
Alvin believed and trusted in God wholeheartedly.
On a personal note, he loved all types of sports, including horse races, however, his two favorite sports were boxing and wrestling. You dare not turn to the station whenever he was watching a boxing or wrestling match.
Alvin has left a hole in the hearts of the ones who sincerely and genuinely love him. A hole that cannot and will never be filled.
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