Relatives of deceased police officer Kent Neptune pay their last respects during the funeral service at the Roodal Cemetery in San Fernando yesterday.

A loving father, husband and brother, a protector, a comedian, a selfless and humble person.

According to family members, police officer Kent Neptune embodied all these qualities and much more.

His life was celebrated yesterday at J E Guides Funeral Home and Crematorium in San Fernando.

However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, only 19 people, among them the pastor, were allowed to attend the service.

A drive-by viewing was arranged in the car park, particularly for those who could not attend the service.

With a guitarist providing live entertainment, vehicles drove past his body, which was in a white transparent-trike hearse.

In a brief interview, his wife Valerie Neptune said his family paid for his funeral and she was pleased with the send-off he got.

She said, “I just want to say he had a good life. He enjoyed his life to the fullest.”

Neptune, 57, was killed in an accident while heading home on May 20. On reaching near the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, around 10.10 pm, he lost control of his car, which crashed into the cable barriers along the Solomon Hochoy Highway and flipped.

The father of four died at the scene. Last attached to the Mon Repos Police Station, Neptune had eight years service.

Reflecting on his older brother’s life, Peter Neptune said he was a storyteller and lived for the smiles on the faces on everyone he knew.

Peter said, “He lived life to the fullest. He has no enemies even though he was a police officer. He was the energy of the party from the time he entered the world in fact the party only started when he arrived.”

He said his brother, fondly called Neppy, was a born leader and embodied the concept of unconditional love.

Noting that Neptune was one of the leading turbine and industrial pump mechanics in the country, he said his brother decided to join the Police Service as he “saw the country was going down the wrong path and he wanted to make a difference.”

He recalled that Neptune celebrated for a week when he was accepted into the service. He said his brother also assisted countless people in need.

His only daughter, Nicola, said her father worked hard, loved to cook, loved music and most of all he loved his family. Kyle said his father was their guardian angel and was always there to bail them out of any situation.

Recalling hugging his father’s body on the highway, Kevon Neptune said he felt as though he was also dead, as he and his father shared an unbreakable bond. The interment took place at Roodal Cemetery.