Lionel D. Mowatt Sr.

December 23, 1921July 20, 2020

On Monday July 20, 2020 our father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away at the tender age of 98.

Lionel D. Mowatt (aka Skipper), was born on December 23, 1921 in Lucie; Jamaica West Indies; in the parish of Hanover to John Mowatt and Marion Vernon.

He attended and graduated from Middlesex School in Jamaica. In 1953, he immigrated to England where he stayed for approximately three years. He then immigrated to the United States in 1956 where he received his formal training, technical accreditation and graduated from New York Polytechnic Institute of Technology as a dental technician.

Skipper enjoyed reading his Bible, reminiscing about the old days, and having long discussions and conversations with his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents John and Marion, his sisters Eunice, Louise, and Lesbia, brothers Jack, Ivan, and Hopeton; his children Franklin, Audrey (Honey) and Newton, and grands O’Neil and Gavin.

Skipper is survived by his children Judith (Judy) Mowatt, Marva Mowatt, Jennifer Morgan, Beverly Mowatt, Paulette Mowatt, Lionel Mowatt Jr, and Xavier Mowatt; twenty six grandchildren, fifty nine great-grands, one sister in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

We appreciate each and every one for remembering our father; and we know that he would have been honored to know how many people are paying their respects not only in person but also those who are streaming via the internet.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Mowatt family.


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020



Lionel D. Mowatt Sr.

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Rowan and Saffron Mowatt

July 31, 2020

Loving Grandfather...he will be missed.

Marva Mowatt

July 31, 2020

My dad I miss you , I was coming to visit you, but because of COVID-19 I was not able to do so, but we talk on the phone, I am really sadden that I didn’t get to see you before you pass away. One day we will meet in the New Jerusalem.
Miss you dad love ❤️ you
Marva mowatt

Tonia Mowatt

July 31, 2020

Tonia Mowatt

July 31, 2020

My experience with Skipper is heartwarming. He was a wonderful Grandfather to me. My Mother told me when I was very young my Father and Skip were having a discussion and I jumped up to kick him and told him not to talk to my Daddy that way. He never held that against me.

I have fond memories of Him taking me to see Forest Gump, grabbing me by the hand to walk down Flatbush Ave., and Him telling me He would buy me another set of earrings because I lost the pair He just bought me. Grandpa was always so patient, kind, and generous with me.

I spent some time with Him after I had my first son and He provided some much needed respite. I woke up every morning to fresh cut papaya from His tree, cornmeal porridge, and a glass of orange juice all set up for me. Skip had such a keen memory and would share so many stories of His younger days with me. He built me up and gave me so much encouragement during this time.

I’m so thankful I was able to go with my Uncle earlier this year to see Him. I didn’t think that it would be the last time. I truly believed He was going to surpass 100 years. His mind and energy was strong indeed. I love my Grandpa Skipper and miss Him greatly.

Najhella Mowatt

July 30, 2020

I love you so much grandad I remember you teaching me how to play the organ and the time we spent together when I was little. I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there but you truly lived a blessed and wonderful life. You will truly be missed

Judith Mowatt

July 30, 2020

My beloved Daddy, I wish I was there to hold your hand, and to rub your head before you departed this earth. Had covid19 not intervened, I would have been with you.

No matter what anyone thought of Lionel and the life he lived, the most important thing is that he heeded the call of Christ: “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavily laden and I will give you rest". We truly belive that he had lain down the filthy garment of his sins and that he had put on the garment of
righteousness and that he is now in the loving arms of his maker, Lord and Saviour.

I Iove you Daddy, with everything I am and I look forward to the day when we will be reunited and will worship together in the New Jerusalem

From your daughter, Judith!!!

David Cole

July 30, 2020

Skipper at Judy’s wedding and Beverly at Judy’s wedding

David Cole

July 30, 2020

Skipper’s Daughter Beverly

David Cole

July 30, 2020

Lionel Mowatt Jr

July 28, 2020

Impressions of My Father

In my Dad I saw a journey of life. I first saw a man living in the secular world going about his life until he had his own encounter with God.

He was transformed into a person who is a lover of God. I can say from my own observation or vantage point that he was wrapped up and tied up in the Lord. All of his life experiences through the power of the Holy Spirit he was able to tie it all together; to exclusively focus on God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

I have witnessed my dad’s transformation from focusing on worldly things to focusing on the Eternal; because God had become the focal point of his life.

He had a great love for family and friends, and he was loyal to them. When someone would come to him asking for assistance, he would treat their problem as if it was his own. Once they left, they would have the assurance or certainty that whatever was asked of him, dad would give it some serious consideration.

Dad was a man with a generous heart given to him by God at birth. His eternal inheritance had priority over the things of this world. He was a man on a mission to give his life solely to God. He observed the Sabbath and he was an avid reader of the Holy Scriptures. There are so many good and Godly things I remember about my father and like him I have decided to follow and set my eyes on the Heavenly Abode where God dwells.

Dad, rest peacefully in the loving arms of our Lord, until we meet again.

Lionel Jr.