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Overseas-based footballer to attend father’s funeral in St. Lucia

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Janoi Donacien

Janoi Donacien

Janoi Donacien is travelling back to St. Lucia to attend his father’s funeral.

The St. Lucian-born footballer, who plays for English league two side Accrington Stanley, will be leaving the team’s training camp so he could return home after receiving the devastating news.

Janoi, 23, was informed by his family in St. Lucia, that his father Cornelius Donacien, 54, of Choiseul, passed away on January 2.

“Janoi is playing on Saturday and will be coming to St. Lucia as soon as possible to attend the funeral of his father in Choiseul. He will be coming with his family to attend the burial. It is a sad occasion for him and his family,” said a family source. “He is taking the time off his busy football schedule to give his father a good send off.”

Cornelius Donatien, better known as Andy, is the father of five boys who will all be attending his funeral. Four of his sons, including Janoi, are in London and the other is in St. Lucia.

Janoi, who moved to the UK with his family from St. Lucia in 2001, has played for several clubs at the youth level. The clubs include Tottenham Hotspur, Luton Town, and Aston Villa.

In 2014, he signed for Accrington Stanley, a league two side, and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-1 defeat to fellow league two side, Newport County.

Janoi’s immigration status made national headlines in the UK in 2012 when he and his family were denied permanent residency by the United Kingdom Home Office. He and his family were eventually granted three years of discretionary leave to remain in the United Kingdom in 2012.

In March 2015, Janoi stated his desire to represent St. Lucia internationally in the near future.

The funeral service will be held in Choiseul next week and the body will be laid to rest at the Choiseul cemetery.

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  1. RIP Andy! We will miss you in our village. You were a kind-hearted man. Utmost respect to the family in the village. Choiseul will not be choiseul without you. You made an immmense contribution to our small village.
    RIP Cornelius Andy Donacien.

  2. People should always ensure that they spend time with their family at every possible opportunity. Children need to reach out to their parents. In St Lucia and elsewhere people make a big fuss when their love ones kick the bucket. They go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that proceedings are carried out to a Tee. Most of the time they never spent quality time with the decease then all of a sudden they come with their crocodile tears to sympathise. We need to stop this. Our love ones want to see us when they are alive. We should reach out to them when they are alive.Call them, visit them,hug them whatever it takes to show our love for them we should be doing it. Modern technology today can help us achieve so much if we are far far away from them. We can use mediums like facebook, whatsup etc. to get in touch with our folks. There is no excuse.

    It is good to hear that young Janoi Donacien will be coming down to attend his daddy's funeral.His others brothers too. Cornelius passed away last week and his family have gathered around him and will no doubt be giving him a good sending off. He had many children and they are all coming for his funeral. I hope everything goes well. It is good to see everyone coming round. My sympathies are with the Donacien family. May Andy RIP! Choiseul will miss you my brother.
    I am including a poem below

    Death is nothing at all
    I have only slipped away into the next room
    I am I and you are you
    Whatever we were to each other
    That we are still
    Call me by my old familiar name
    Speak to me in the easy way you always used
    Put no difference into your tone
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
    Laugh as we always laughed
    At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Without the ghost of a shadow in it
    Life means all that it ever meant
    It is the same as it ever was
    There is absolute unbroken continuity
    What is death but a negligible accident?
    Why should I be out of mind
    Because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you for an interval
    Somewhere very near
    Just around the corner
    All is well.
    Nothing is past; nothing is lost
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again

  3. My sincere condolences and sympathy to the Donacien family in Choiseul. Andy you are gone but will not be forgotten. You were a hard working man of the south. You cared and looked after your family. Your sons will surely miss you. I hope Janoi will get to play for a top premiership club one day. It's a pity you will not be able to see him do that. It's a distressing time for the Donacien family at this moment and I wish them well and hope that they are coping well.

    It's good to see that Janoi and the rest of his brothers are coming to attend the burial and funeral ceremony of his father. There were problems in the family as every family has problems but that has not stopped him and the rest of the crew from coming back to St Lucia. I know the family and I must say they are a decent caring and lovely bunch of people. I heard Andy died from natural causes. He is still young at 54. Choiseul will be a little poorer without You Andy.
    He cared and looked after his family. You will be missed Andy,a true gentleman from the soil of Choiseul. May your soul Rest In Perfect Peace.


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