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Josephine, We Miss You! February 26, 2015

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Josephine Barnett-Bell



Josephine Barnett 26-02-2015



The UTech Alumni Community, particularly members of the Faculty-Staff Alumni Group, are today saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Josephine Barnett-Bell, who served as Admin Support in the Centre for the Arts. Josephine has had a positive impact on the lives of many persons and students at the University of Technology, Jamaica. She is famous for leaving you in a good mood after a brief encounter, as you go about your business on campus.

We invite members of the UTech Community, family and friends to share words of tribute to Josephine and support for her family using the ‘Comment’ section below.


Alumni Relations Office
University of Technology, Jamaica




1. rita gittens - March 14, 2015

I am so shocked and saddened at the same time to hear of my dear friend Jossy’s passing. What a wonderful human being she was. Very patient and kindhearted. she was quick to render help to anyone who needed help at that centre. We haven’t lost her because to be absent from this world is to be present with the Lord our Creator. I pray for strength for her family and that they be comforted by the Holy Spirit at this time. She will certainly not be forgotten.

2. Lisa Neufville - March 6, 2015

I can’t believe I’m just hearing of this. Josephine was such a wonderful soul. I took art classes as my extra-curricular activity and she was a part of it. We even worked on the mural to athletes on the university’s library together. We had so much fun, especially when we started working with clay. I can remember one day I stopped by the Centre for the Arts and she was reading a novel by John Grisham, one of my favourite authors and also hers. We started discussing all his books that we had read. She will surely be missed. My condolences to her loved ones.

3. Anonymous - March 6, 2015

Jose darling, my chest literally hurts me at your passing. How could this be so soon? You were indeed a gem, one who can be best described as God’s Masterpiece, and an example to many. I miss you!
– Tazhmoye Crawford

4. Delano Anderson - February 27, 2015

Jo, I will miss you always saying i mus come teach you to swim… Always saying that you cant swim when u did done know say you could at least do the length of the pool. you caught me the first time and all i could is tell you jus to come and when was the best time.

Bwoy, you will be missed…….words really cant express but God always knows best.

God needed you for his garden and his purpose……. Rest in Happy and Peaceful Peace….

nuff love and blessings to all you have left behind.

5. Michael Rhule - February 27, 2015

She was one of my favourite persons and personalities at Utech when i started working here over 10 years ago. I only have beautiful memories of her and i beleive she is resting in a better place.

6. Rowan Barrett - February 27, 2015

I am also surprised by the sudden passing of Josephine. She had this humble presence , that you had to like her. I hope that her family and friends will find strength in our lord to bear their loss

7. Christina - February 27, 2015

So sorry to hear of Josephine’s passing. She always had a beautiful smile when greeting you. She was the “face” for the Centre for the Arts. Will truly be missed. Rest in peace Josephine.

8. Anonymous - February 27, 2015

So very sorry to hear of Josephine’s passing. She was such a beautiful person. Always had a smile ready for you in greeting. She will be missed as she was the “face” of the Centre for the Arts. May her soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine. My condolences to her a family.


9. Peter Allen - February 27, 2015

Josephine was a truly committed and wonderful loving soul. She has contributed immensely to the development of the UTech family in the area of Fine Arts, she played a great role in developing many UTech employee and others children under the Tomorrows Children Programme housed in the Centre of The Arts in past years. We will truly miss her, may her soul rest in peace and light perpetually shine on her.

10. Aldith Copeland - February 27, 2015

It was truly shocking to hear that you were no longer with us. I pray for peace for your husband, family and friends. I will always remember that welcoming smile and your pleasant personality. Walk good Jo

11. Nicole Coke - February 27, 2015

Josephine was that ray of sunshine even on a cloudy day, always smiling as she greet people along the way. she is that go-getter who ensures that whatever project she works on, it is a successful completion to the end. With that said we can summarize the type of person she was, a sweet and pleasant person. May her soul rest in peace.

12. Anonymous - February 27, 2015

Your untimely passing has left a void that cannot be replaced, but i know you are in a better place where there is no sickness or sorrow, pain or grief, may your soul rest in peace and may God guide and protect and comfort those left behind to grieve your untimely passing.

13. Tesh - February 26, 2015

speechless right now

14. Anonymous - February 26, 2015

One of my best friend at UTech…Josephine.. Gone but not forgotten

15. M M Paul - February 26, 2015

My condolences to her family; may her soul rest in peace.

16. Jan-Cherie - February 26, 2015

This is such a sad moment…..her sweet soul, beautiful smile and persistent spirit will be sadly missed. Rest In Peace Josephine!

17. Anonymous - February 26, 2015

Josephine, I have known for many years. She became a part of my family. A real true and dedicated friend she was to my sister through whom I got to know her. Josephine a woman of passion and full of life now rests in peace with her maker, father, redeemer and friend. from the Riley family Philrose, Veneta, Antoinette, Grace-Ann, Shermaine and mummy to those she left behind we truly stand with you in this time of bereavement. She was truly loved.

18. Cheryll Messam - February 26, 2015

Josephine you’ve hi-jacked me with this news today. Though I didn’t know you well, every encounter on campus was a pleasant and refreshing one. I saw that you were interested in your work and giving meaningful customer service. I will miss you d e f i n i t e l y. My prayers go out to your husband, family, friends, students everyone affected by losing you.

19. Anonymous - February 26, 2015

We grew up as children together, I have experienced her transitioned from a shy teenager to blossomed into a confident, helpful, resourceful woman and wife. Jo, you will surely be missed. RIP. Love Michelle

20. Camilla - February 26, 2015

Oh my goodness! Am sorry to hear of Josephine’s passing. May her soul rest in peace and the UTech family be strengthened.

21. Robert Finzi-Smith - February 26, 2015

A truly beautiful soul may she rest in peace

Lorna - February 27, 2015

I was so disoriented when I got the news of Jo Jo passing. To the family and friends, it is hard to accept but cheer up for God is with you and he says he will never leave you nor forsake you, hold on to his unchanging hands.

Patricia Mahoney - February 27, 2015

I am so saddened to hear of Josephine’s passing. She could best be described as ‘the lifeline of the Centre for the Arts’. What an awesome lady she was and I will miss her charm and professionalism.
She will be missed very much. Sincere condolences to her husband, other members of the family, friends and the UTech family. Gone but not forgotten. May her soul rest in peace.

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