‘Goodbye, Tullu Man’
Garfield 'Tullu Man' Byndloss was well known throughout Trelawny for his trademark smile and warm personality. He was born on October 5, 1975, in Kingston, but grew up in Trelawny, where his parents came to live.
Tullu Man was a member of Praise Temple Pentecostal Church in Falmouth, but the size of the church rendered it too small to hold his thanksgiving service on Saturday. Instead, the funeral took place at the William Knibb Baptist Church. The decision proved correct, as the congregation filled the pews and the ancient churchyard.
Some 15 tributes were made during the service, among them one from Dave Larkins of Salt Marsh Football Club, a team which Tullu Man represented.
"We are angered and disgusted by the way he left us, but we must remember he was a good youth. He never got a red card during his playing days. If he was fouled, he would flash his eternal smile and leave it to the referee," Larkins said.
Byndloss, a well-known taxi driver from Florence Hall Village in Trelawny, was shot and killed on Cornwall Street in Water Square, Falmouth.
His son, Shavaughn, and two of his classmates at Edna Manley College delivered a tribute in dance. At the end, Shavaughn collapsed on the casket and had to be consoled by his aunt, Rosetta Reid.
Byndloss was eulogised by Glennis Joy Allen as the seventh child for Burchel and Mary Byndloss.
"He was the only boy and was spoilt by his sisters. He loved football and played every afternoon at Muschett High School, for which he played daCosta Cup. A hard worker who provided for his family, he was baptised in the church in 1997. Two years later, he made Debbie James his wife. The union produced two boys, Shaun and Shavaughn. He was never afraid to show his love."
Reverend Devere Nugent, in his sermon, called on the church to stand resolute in the fight against criminality.
"We must let them know we are not going to condone what happened. The circumstances of his death have pushed and pulled us in different directions. Despite it all, the gun that took Garfield's life could not touch his soul. That belongs to Jesus. Let the life he lived, a somewhat sacrificial one, unite us in Jesus Christ," Nugent said.
Tullu Man's remains were buried in the Martha Brae Cemetery.