To share a story or memory during the Celebration of Life Visitation Time CLIC...

Lionel Fitz-Herbert Earl

April 26, 1923July 18, 2020

Lionel Fitz-Herbert Earl, Sr. (also affectionately known as Eddie) was called to rest on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in Morristown, New Jersey. He passed away peacefully with his daughter Dawn and her husband Terence by his side.

Lionel, a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend was born in Kingston, Jamaica to Isaac and Gwendolyn Earl on April 26, 1923; the first of three children. Isaac and Gwendolyn later gave birth to Lionel’s brother Aston, and his sister Elaine.

Upon completion of his education, Lionel was employed as a Civil Servant with the Jamaica National Water Authority where he spent most of his employment years. His job with the Jamaica National Water Authority took him to various parts of Jamaica. It was on one of those job assignments, to the parish of Westmoreland, that he met his future wife, Lucy Palmer.

Lionel remained dedicated and committed to the National Water Authority until his retirement in 1978. Following his retirement, he relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida, becoming a member of Tubman-King Community Church, Daytona Beach, where he served as a Deacon for several years. He was a man of faith and prayer, who truly loved God, and was always willing to help those who were in need.

This man of God, was a loving husband, devoted father, and a protector and provider for his family. His grandchildren, however, were the apple of his eye. He, also, enjoyed entertaining visitors in his home and was especially fond of having lively conversations with, and giving advice to, his children and their friends. His hobbies included telling jokes, repairing cars, and gardening.

Lionel’s parents predeceased him in death, as did his wife Lucy in 1993, and his brother Aston in 2009. He will be greatly missed by his sister Elaine Gage, his children: Peggy Thomas (Michael), Maria Morris (Jay), Dawn Donnelly (Terence), Verona Earl, Aston Earl (Andrea), Lionel Earl, Jr. (Sylvia), and tremendously missed by his grandchildren: Trisha Chung, Brianna Davis, Zachery Morris, Jonelle Weagraff (Evan), Lionel Earl, III, Marissa Morris, and Kenneth Earl.

He also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, with a third one on the way; nieces including Deanna Chambers (Everton), nephews including Stuart Gage (Liz) and Travers Gage (Sheri); brother-in-law Caswell Hylton; sisters-in-law: Maud Stewart, Sheila Burgess, Eula Pryce, Delsie Hylton and Sadie Stewart; in addition to cousins, and a host of other family and friends.


  • Celebration of Life Visitation Time

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 25, 2020



Lionel Fitz-Herbert Earl

have a memory or condolence to add?

Kimmy Van Kooten-Schander

October 26, 2020

To the Earl family~
So many years have passed, but the memories of Eddie & Lucy Lee Earl will live on in my soul forever~ I met the Earl family in 1967, and for over 20 years, Eddie & Lucy were a very big part of our family’s lives. We even named our 1st born granddaughter after Lucy...Our Kimber-Lee. The Earl family, will all be so dear to my heart. Eddie used to call me and all my siblings, with the word,”Saint”, before it. Saint Kimmy, Saint Chrissy, etc... After reading Eddies obituary, I smiled so big to read he had enjoyed life with grandchildren. He was very kind, funny, and full of great stories! I pray he and his ‘Ms Makka are celebrating, forever together, in heaven... ❤️❤️

Chris Fitzgerald

October 26, 2020

Eddie was a part of my family growing up as a kid he always had great advice and I was truly shocked to hear about his passing! To Vee and family my thoughts and prayers are with you and I know he is with the Lord and his Lucy. God Bless you Eddie!!
Love Chrissy

Myra Chester

August 15, 2020

Deacon Earl was a distinguished man of God whom I admired greatly. He served Tubman-King Community Church faithfully and was a wonderful role model for all men. His legacy will live on through his family.

The Chester Family was blessed to know him.
With loving thoughts and prayers for the family,
Myra Chester

Caple Williams

July 26, 2020

A golden heart stop beating july 18th 2020 when Mr Lionel Earl made his transition but he left a lasting impression on all whose lives he touched. All Jamaican students who past through the halls of the various university's of Daytona and came in contact with Mr and Mrs Earl can attest to this. The doors of the Earl's home was always opened to us all and one would always feel welcome, as well as full because you could not leave without a lovely home cook meal, the Earls home was a safe haven for all of us who were taken home by Aston. Mr. Earl because of his caring heart earned the nickname Papa Smurf, but he was never aware of it, as it was behind his back the name was used. I remember the day I got the name prento as it was Mr Earl who pulled a prank on me, i had a screw driver in my hand and he asked me to hand him a spanner, so as i bent to pick up the spanner, he shouted his favorite cliche "garllings" mi ask Caple for a spanner an him give mi a screw driver he is a Prento, i have carried that name ever since. I left Daytona for sometime now but the Earls have never left my heart or mind and i can assure you they will never, as their kindness and love has left a remarkable impression on my life. Mr Earl may be gone but i take comfort in the fact that he is gone to join Ms Lucy. I can assure them they will for ever be in my heart.
RIP Sir Earl aka Papa Smurf

Roderick Young

July 25, 2020

Sleep in peace Daddy Earle. you've earned your rest for a life well lived

Prescod vickers

July 25, 2020

My brother Colin I and have been friends with Aston & Lionel (Teddy) from we were around 11 and were always at Daddy Earl's house in Richmond Park learning to ride trail bikes or driving a go-cart or checking out what their uncle was building. Daddy Earl was always welcoming and generous to us and all the other friends that came by the house. Those years have remained cherished memories and he was one of the rare people that truly loved and cared about those who he met and family and friends that were around him. His life belongs to God and there is no death in God only life. Although we miss him we believe he has received a greater and eternal life from God. Let us remember with Love and not sorrow.

Colin & Prescod

Victoria Levene

July 25, 2020

I can remember the years that Mr Earl faithfully took his daughters to Sunday School at Bethany Gospel Hall in Jamaica. It speaks so much of the godly man he was and what he wanted to be instilled in his children. It has resulted in godly children who have grown up to call him blessed. He has lived a long and enjoyable life and the Lord has seen it fit to call him home. May the memories he created live after him. It was my privilege and joy to have seen him a few years ago after so many years. I look forward to seeing him again as we meet together with our Lord. Thank God for the love and care his children has shown him over the years.

Mikey Jones

July 25, 2020

Mr Earl was like a true godfather to all of us students, attending Embry-Riddle with his son Aston in the 70's. His kind and firm demeanor always reminded me that he had expectations of good behavior and grades, everytime we saw him while visiting Aston. Mr Earl was the man you could always talk to, ask his opinion or for advice if you needed it. Lionel Earl sr was a good, christian soul and I was priveleged to have met him in my lifetime.
RIP Mr Earl

Brenton Giff

July 24, 2020

Mr. Earl was one of the most humble,kindest man I ever met.
Growing up in Richmond Park, his home was my second home and I will always remember his hospitality.

Peaceful Journey.

Dian Young

July 24, 2020

We were all so lucky to have Daddy Earl in our lives that it makes saying goodbye so hard. I will miss him calling on a Saturday morning asking to speak to dear Maud and asking how everyone was. This was a call he made to everyone every Saturday until lately when his health started to fail, we will miss those calls.
RIP daddy Earl