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Stern John has issued a note of gratitude to all persons that extended their condolences and support and stood by him during the time of mourning following the passing his his daughter Nikela John.

The former T&T forward returned to the national camp yesterday ahead of Friday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Panama after being excused from the ongoing camp by head coach Dennis Lawrence, “This was an extremely difficult time for my family and I.

I would like to extend sincerest gratitude to everyone who stood by me during the past few days with an outpour of love and support to myself and my family,” John said.

“Nikela was my first daughter.

She was very loving and the pain has been immense having say goodbye to her at such a young age. As a parent, one can never be ready to bury their son or daughter.

“People from all walks of life stepped in to offer emotional and physical support. Sometimes you think people in society do not care or do not have time for you but then they are there in different ways especially when you need a shoulder to lean on during a very difficult and testing time in your life.”

Among those John wished to thank was Minister of Sport Darryl Smith; TTFA president David John-Williams; head coach Dennis Lawrence, Sol Campell and the members of the team’s staff and player personnel; Eddie Hart; former teammate Brent Sancho and Central FC; Birmingham City Football Club; Columbus Crew FC; former Government Minister Roodal Moonilal; Bertille St Clair; former teammates Russell Latapy, Shaka Hislop, Arnold Dwarika, Ansil Alcock, Shaka Hislop; former Jamaican captain and head coach Theodore Whitmore; the Trotman family; the Corneal family; cricketers Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper; Francis Richards and Suzanne Burns; businessman Mike St John; West Indies trainer Ronald Rogers; Denise Ramdoo; Kim Etwaru; Deneisha Mayers; Farlon Thomas; Stefan Monteil; Melisea Roberts; Jenny Sharma; Peter Walcott; The Allen’s Funeral Home and all those who supported at the nightly wakes held at his home in Trincity.