Minister Winston Sydney Wallen was born to Francella Evans and Edward Wallen in Rock Spring, Hanover, Jamaica on June 16th, 1942. He grew up in the countryside where he helped with daily chores and assisted in the care ofhis younger siblings. He spent his formative years in Little London, Westmoreland. Then at the age of 16 years old, moved to Savanna la Mar. It is there where he met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was baptized in Jesus' name, and filled with the Holy Ghost.
In 1968, in search of better opportunities, Minister Wallen migrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada and became a member of Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, pastored by Elder Cecil Ricketts. There he was married, and while in that union produced three beautiful daughters: Esther, Claudia, and Rachel. In 1977, he became a member of The Church of the First Born, pastored by Bishop Walter Bond, and became a deacon. The family remained members of that congregation until leaving for the United States in the summer of 1982.
Minister Wallen was formerly a tailor by trade in Jamaica. He later worked in hospital settings in Canada, and became an in-home nursing assistant in Miami, Florida until he moved to Evanston, IL to be with his eldest daughter and her family. In Evanston, he became a beloved member of Mt. Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church, pastored by Elder Phillip A. Bentley.
Above all else, Minister Wallen loved God and spent more than 5 decades sharing his love of Christ with everyone he could. His nieces and nephews boast that he also proudly served as the family historian. He was a determined man, who loved the "old-time religion," history, and was not afraid to voice his perspective. Prior to the pandemic, he loved to travel, mainly to visit his extended family and attend church conventions.
On Wednesday, April 26, 2023, Minister Wallen was rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home. The doctors determined that he was in the last stages ofheart failure, and within a short period of time he transitioned to be with the Lord. Minister Wallen was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers - Kenneth, Lloyd, and John; sisters Nancy, Beatrice, and Esme; and one grandchild Ronald Jr. He is survived by his three daughters and a son in-law, Ronald; six grand-children - Marquese Jr., Zion, Milannia, Shai, Nyla, and Quintyn; his remaining four sisters - Leonie, Sheila, Barbara, and Daphne; one brother Neville; and countless nieces, nephews, and family members throughout Jamaica, England, the Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, Canada, and the United States. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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