Tributes flow in for Jamar Thelwell after UTech lecturer loses cancer fight

The death of University of Technology lecturer Jamar Thelwell has sent shockwaves throughout the institution. (Photo: Twitter @4ashleyhylton)

Sadness permeates the hearts and minds of students and colleagues alike, as 34-year-old University of Technology lecturer Jamar Thelwell died on Thursday, May 7.

Thelwell, who taught multimedia and design at the Papine-based institution, was held in high regard by students especially, for his cheery personality and willingness to help whatever the situation.

Within hours of the news of his death, Jamar became the most trending topic on Twitter, as many Jamaicans mourned a great loss.

In almost every instance, students remember Thelwell going above and beyond no matter how small the request or difficulty.

The loss is particularly heavy for many a student enrolled in the Communication Arts and Technology Programme at UTech, for which Thelwell lectured passionately.

“One of my best lecturers has passed. Jamar mek sure me pass class enuh! And him defend we. Never yet tell me no for the millions of references. Always full of life. RIP Jamar,” one woman tweeted.

A request for a statement or comment from Acting President Professor Colin Gyles was not yet forthcoming at the time of publication.