Today we gather together to honor, remember, and say goodbye to Mr. Euerol Allen, also known as Moore, Uncle U and Brother U. My name is Winsome Allen, Euerol’s youngest sister of 7 and as a young girl growing up in Jamaica one would believe I discussed my ‘girlie type stuff’ with my sisters, maybe sometimes I did, but mostly I discussed them with Brother U and he guided me through.
When I moved to Tampa in 1995 and Brother U drove me to West Shore, Brandon, Valrico and other neighboring communities and showed me some of the mansions he built; that made me proud. The bond between us was thick and he’s the reason I’m in Tampa today. Brother U was born on June 17, 1949 in Orange Hill, St. Ann, Jamaica West Indies. He was the 4th child of 12 children for Zaccheus and Ena Allen.
Brother U was raised by his parents in Orange Hill, St. Ann. It was always a pleasure listening to Brother U talking about growing up in Orange Hill with his siblings, Sister Web, Brother Ken and Sister P (those are the first four children by Zaccheus and Ena. Brother U was raised in a Christian home and grew up in the Baptist church.
He attended the Breadnut Hill Primary school and at age 16 learned a trade in masonry. Brother U was one of the best masons, a leader and a teacher, who led the crew of men in building Tatty’s home in Jamaica, and taught other young men the trade. He migrated to the United States of America in 1986 and led the masonry crew (as a foreman) for the company where he worked. He built many houses in the Tampa Bay area.
The way he was raised shaped him into the man he became. Brother U was loving, caring, industrious, peaceful, and believed in God. He was a family man who showed love to all his children, siblings, friends and relatives. He was full of wisdom, joy, happiness and most of all ‘good advice.’
Brother U enjoyed fishing, music, playing cards and dominoes and whenever there was a party, he ran the barbecue grill with some of the best jerk pork and jerk chicken you could have ever tasted. Brother U was one of the best dancers I knew. Whenever there was music, he’d be dancing.
Brother U was diagnosed with kidney failure and had been on dialysis for (16) years. Throughout his illness, Brother U maintained an upbeat demeanor. I cannot remember a time when I spoke with my brother and he was sad. He was always happy that the Lord had given him another day. He ended all his conversations with, ‘one love.’
Brother U left behind 7 children: Annmarie Allen, Adrealine Allen, Orville Allen, Kurt Allen, Haldino (Shawn) Allen, Loreue Allen, Debrena Brooks (Husband: Leslie B.). Grandchildren: Ammoy Walker, Sule Smith, Shanae Bailey, Kurt Allen, Jr.,Vito Brooks, Cory Brooks, Jameil Allen, Daville Allen, Jamelia Allen, Renee Allen, Rihanna Allen, Reece Allen, Regina Allen, Haldino Allen, Kahlia Allen, Christina Allen, Sian Allen. Great grandchild – Alainia Forth. Ten siblings: Curline Allen, Glenford Allen, Pauline Allen, Pastora Allen, Venesha Allen, Hyacinth Allen, Yvil Allen, Delrose Allen, Winsome Allen, Alfred Allen. He also left several nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, dear friends, Cheryl Gamble, Cory, Deon and Shenada. Brother U is remembered for his kind heartedness; his happy fun loving demeanor; accommodating and charismatic aura.