John Holt’s Funeral Set for Monday


According to the Jamaica Observer, a new date and venue have been set for the funeral of rocksteady reggae singer John Holt. The service will be on Monday, November 17, at 11:00am, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston, Jamaica. The late singer will be interred in the Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.

The funeral was initially scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew, on Saturday.

“We would have loved to have had it [the funeral] on Saturday, but Monday was the earliest date we could get at the church,” [daughter Carol Holt] said. Holt said musical tributes, which will precede the service, is scheduled for 10:00 am. She said she is also overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy the family has been receiving since her father’s passing.

Born in Greenwich Town in Kingston, Holt is known for his massive catalogue of hits including The Tide Is High, If I Were A Carpenter, Stick By Me, Ali Baba and Stealing Stealing.

Some of these songs were done with one of rocksteady’s great groups The Paragons. He died in London on October 20.

“To Jamaica, he is John Holt; but to us, he’s dad,” she said. In addition to his wife, Holt is survived by three sisters, three brothers, and 23 children.

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