Samuel C. McFarlane

October 8, 2014

McFarlane, Samuel Obituary

Samuel Constantine McFarlane began his journey of life on July 20, 1938 in Guanaboa Vale, Kitson Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies; born to Estella (Bonner) McFarlane and Caleb Joseph Malcolm McFarlane.  Samuel along with his fraternal twin sister, Catherine Hines, are the third eldest children born to his parents.  Order of siblings are: Inez Rose, Jane Longmore, Catherine Hines (fraternal twin sister), Valda McFarlane, Walter McFarlane (deceased 1969), Gloria Isaacs and Caleb McFarlane.  Samuel was raised in Kitson Town and at the age of eight, he and his family relocated to the family estate in McCooks Pen, St. Catherine.  


In 1954 Samuel completed his studies at Inswood All Age School and immediately endeavored into a career of construction and renovations, specializing in heavy machinery and bulldozer operation.  Samuel was a great asset and even greater leader.  While working with various companies in Jamaica, Sam was often revered, awarded and recognized as a committed and dedicated employee; receiving several awards for being an excellent worker.  He believed strongly in family and community and became an instructor to his brothers and other boys in the community assisting them in developing their own skills in operating and repairing all types of heavy machinery.  As a young man in Jamaica, Samuel worked at the Kaiser Bauxite Plant with Collin & Zinkie Construction Corporation alongside his brothers Walter and Caleb McFarlane.  His career in construction allowed him to be instrumental in the development of the infrastructure of the roads and highways in his home country of Jamaica.


As a young man Samuel loved music and loved to dance.  He was often remembered as a prize winning dancer as he would often enter and win dance competitions at community events and parties.  Samuel also loved to sing and could be heard humming his favorite tunes.  Samuel was a lover of many things and although not perfect, he loved his family dearly.  


Samuel McFarlane fell in love with Hyacinth Munroe and from that union they parented a total of eight (8) children (Beatrice Hines (deceased 2002), Jeffrey Nolan, Everton McFarlane, Lorna McFarlane, Donna Harris, Donovan McFarlane, Eric McFarlane, and Dianna McFarlane).  In June 1978 Samuel migrated to the United States of America with his family.  


After migrating to the United States he began his employment with E & S Excavating Company as a heavy equipment operator and progressed to the position of Foreman.  In early 1980’s Samuel began his career with S.E. Gregory Construction Company as a heavy equipment operator.  In late 1986 Samuel suffered a tragic on the job accident which left him physically disabled.  


Despite his disability and adversity Samuel’s life and family flourished as his children began building their own families, which he felt was his greatest accomplishment in life.  Samuel is survived by his wife, Hyacinth McFarlane, and eight children.  He leaves behind 21 grandchildren; Jermaine, Tia, Madison, Trey, Andrel, Andre, Dominique, Javier, Zachary, Orville, Jr., Roland, Ian, Letriece, Nickeda, Timothy, Sydney, Donita, Zakiya, Zariah, Ebony, and Omar. Samuel also leaves behind a large extended family consisting of 30 nieces and nephews, and a  host of great nieces, nephews, and cousins in the United States, Jamaica and England.        


In his journey through life Samuel realized that there was a void, which he concluded could only be filled by the love of Jesus.  In October 1999, Samuel accepted Jesus into his life and was baptized at the First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Washington, D.C.  From that decision he began his journey to forgiveness and salvation and later transferred his membership to Sligo SDA Church in Takoma Park MD.   Samuel is remembered by many as a man full of life, love and strength.  He went to rest in peace, no suffering and no pain.  Samuel departed from this earth at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.  But this is not the end!  Thank you Jesus, we will see him again, in Heaven!




Day:
Time:

What:
Venue:

Where:
October 19, 2014
3 p.m.

Viewing
Takoma Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church

6951 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Day:
Time:

What:
Venue:

Where:
October 19, 2014
4 p.m.

Celebration of Life
Takoma Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church

6951 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Get Driving Directions


Share this Obituary: