Mr. Stanley Alexander “Sonny” Sweeney, Sr. passed away on February 9, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre, New York. He graced this world for 88 years. He was born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, West Indies on September 1, 1932 and maintained a wonderfully picturesque homestead known to this day as “Sweeney Top” in Beckford Kraal, Jamaica. In the 1950's, he met and married his wife, Marjorie Bryan, with whom he raised seven children. Stanley immigrated with his family to the United States in 1978 and called Uniondale, NY home. Pops, as he was known, was dedicated to his family, to his community, and to God as demonstrated by his unmistakable lovingkindness to all, except when playing a game of Dominos. He was a member at Hempstead Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Pops was a loving father, playful grandfather, loyal friend and a lover of life's simple pleasures, including music, nature, and good food. He played many different musical instruments by ear, was a great singer and loved rhyming battles with his nephews. He had an amazing sense of humor - his raucous laughter, which was often preceded by a mischievous twinkle in his eye, would make anyone’s day. His wisdom was also deeply cherished by all who knew him. Pops suffered the sudden losses of his dear wife, Marjorie, in 1998, followed by his daughter, Donna, in 1999. Yet he continued to believe in a love that never dies and faithfully passed this belief to his children and grandchildren along with his love for God.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Keith, Roy, and James. He is survived by his sisters, Daphney Coleman of Toronto, Mavis Reid of California, brothers Manley Sweeney of England, and Laurel Sweeney, and his children: Colin, Marcia (Deita) and her husband Donovan Wright, Michael (Mikey), Evol (Arlene), Orville (Hope) and his wife Anthea, Clover (Julie), and Stanley Jr. (Cecil). His many grandchildren will miss him dearly, including Racquel, Jair, and Kidani who were all blessed to live in his household.
Services celebrating our beloved father's life will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. (Eastern Time) at Hartnett Funeral Home in Uniondale, NY. The prayer service, which begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern will be live streamed at: www.hartnettfuneralhome.com. Burial will immediately follow at Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hempstead Seventh-Day Adventist Church (www.hempsteadsda.org) on Mr. Sweeney's behalf and most of all, love your fellowman. Thank you for your kindness. As is said in Jamaica, “Walk good,” Pops.
.Due to the COVID-19 government restrictions our Funeral Home capacity is limited to 50 people maximum. Mr. Sweeney’s family respectfully requests that you view the religious service via live-stream . We appreciate your anticipated cooperation.
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