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In 3D - Tributes to Dexter Pottinger - Pt. 4

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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Reflecting on this photo taken at Secrets Resorts, Montego Bay, I will never forget the conversation Dexter and I had over daiquiris. I was prepping for a stand-up comedy show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Dexter was styling me, of course, and he asked me if I was nervous as it would have been my first time doing a live comedy set. I said no, but still he had nothing but words of encouragement. We shared a brotherly bond like no other. Thanks to you, Dexter, I truly understand what true friendship means. It was such a blessing to have you in my life. I can only imagine how you're redoing all the angels' wardrobes in heaven! Sleep in peace, Dex. Love, Perry

— Comedian, media personality and vlogger Rohan 'Quite Perry' Perry

I remember eight years ago wanting to do campaigns for Digicel that were totally futuristic — out of this world, actually. The one that stands in my mind was one called next generation! We just could not do it without Dexter; he was beyond his years. He was new and cuttingedge. He was simply amazing. This world has lost a creative genius.

— Integrated marketing & communications consultant and talent manager Shelly-Ann Curran

Dexter Pottinger, you were the definition of passion and creativity. You were a master at all you did. You brightened any room you entered. I am inspired by your love for life and how much you lived it to the fullest. You showed love to those you cared about. You will truly be missed.

—Lasco Beverages Marketing Manager Catherine Goodall

A talented, confident fashion designer, fashionand hairstylist and make-up artist, with fingers on every pulse. He was edgy in his creativity when necessary and conservative when needed. In work and in life he made people comfortable — a unique trait — whether it was as the flamboyant extrovert, or as the caring, sensitive soul I knew well. We will dearly miss every side of the eclectic personality that was Dexter Pottinger. Walk good, my dear friend.

— Cinecom Managing Director Natalie Thompson

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must be different.” — Coco Chanel. Dexter “3D” Pottinger was a creative genius, my colleague and a dear friend. His untimely passing has left a void that cannot be filled. In the marketing world, it is rare that you find someone so versatile and good at everything they do. That was Dexter. He was a concept creator, stylist, director, make-up artist, owner of a talent agency, etc. He was the superman of your production; the one-stop shop that every marketer dreamed of. No need for micromanagement, Dexter just got it done and produced excellent work. He played such an integral role in my work career and I am forever grateful. Our synergy was seamless and we became good friends over the years. From birthday parties, to travelling overseas, just encouraging each other on our fashion lines, or just simple advice on the stresses of life, Dexter was the friend you could rely on. He gave you the most honest advice and accepted you with all your kinks. Dexter, my friend, you are truly irreplaceable. I am happy for the years we spent together and the many lessons you taught me, especially to live my life to the fullest. Your legacy will live on. Rest well, 'til we meet again.

— Pepsi Export Marketing Manager Carla Hollingsworth

I remember when Dexter was not the 'It' person, the go-to person in dancehall fashion. He was never bothered by this, and was sure that his work, and only his work would speak for itself and would change the landscape. A few people tried before him, but not in the way, not on the scope, not on the level of how he presented fashion. Dexter could turn a garbage bag into a work of art. And he turned out projects that looked and felt far more expensive than the actual limited budget he was given. I remember when I could only take him some places, and then I remember when we went everywhere. And he was welcomed. He was a breath of fresh air to many people. When Dexter walked into a room, people who felt weird or less confident for being themselves stood taller. I used to tell him he was paving the way for others. He spoke with his visions, his creations; his dreams spoke volumes, he was never a man to force his presence on anyone, but he worked until he belonged, he worked until he owned. I was glad to have been a part of that transition; I was glad to be able to sit with my friend and see him being applauded for jobs well done. We travelled extensively, touring the Caribbean, French Caribbean, Europe, and Japan. He was with me on my first trips to Dubai and Africa.We went to places like Reunion Island, which saw us travelling for days, many times, with 10-hour delays at various airports, sleeping in airports; boat rides, turbulent plane rides; going on stage as we landed. He never once complained that he was too tired to do anything. He would do my hair, my make-up, fix my clothes, back-up sing, offstage dancing to make me laugh, and wake up if he knew I was supertired. He remembered my lines if I forgot them and would shout them from backstage. He found the nicest stores in every country we went, and he reminded me to enjoy the culture of each place I went. I'm picturing him falling down a flight of stairs in Japan, in a restaurant and hopping up and taking my hand and striding inside like nothing happened. That day I told him the chicken they had served us was not chicken and he never ate chicken for about two years. I slept on his shoulders on many a flight. Dexter will be missed and can never be replaced.

— Dancehall recording artiste Ce'Cile

The first time I met Dexter was when I filmed my first TV commercial in the early 2000s. He was actually one of the talents, each of whom was dressed in full black, but Dexter stood out because of his personality. I said to myself this guy is more than an extra. I didn't see him for several years after that but when we crossed paths again he was a make-up artist, hair stylist then wardrobe stylist and then he started directing music videos. He worked on almost every one of my projects from music videos, to films to TV commercials. Usually people don't understand my vision so I have to provide lots of references and plans A, B and C. With Dexter, it was the complete opposite. He grasped my ideas right from the start and even enhanced them. I think about him in the same manner that I do many of our pace-setting forerunners. His contribution to fashion and entertainment in Jamaica and the Caribbean is undeniable. Dexter, don't Rest In Peace; continue to raise hell for art wherever you are!

—Film/music video/commercial director Ras Kassa Hynes

It is hard to accept the fact that death is a part of life's cycle especially when it happens suddenly. For Dexter I am choosing to reflect and appreciate so many of the great memories I am left with of him. I found myself looking through photos and video just to soak up and relive the memories and good energy that I felt whenever I was around him! This photo actually popped up on my Facebook memories and immediately it made me laugh out loud because of the memories that were attached to it. Dexter was showing his latest collection in a fashion show and I was attending with him and Rohan. The outfit he designed for me wasn't working for me because we didn't have time to do fitting. Dexter decided in the parking lot of the fashion show that for me to change right there in the car. He wanted me to make my entrance feeling good about what I was wearing! He ran and grabbed a jacket from his collection and threw on the bangles, then he stepped back took a look at me, then finished up with his signature “Fierce, Auntie!” And off we went! Dexter, you will forever hold a place in my heart! Your amazing talent, your zest for life, and your infectious laugh are so missed but will never be forgotten! Love and light, Auntie Karen

— An Elegant Affair Event Management CEO Karen Clarke

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