Osbourne Downes
affectionately called “Glester” was born at Cleavers Hill New Road, now St. Elizabeth
New Road, St. Joseph.

He was a sugar worker
at heart.  Not only did Osbourne work
long hours in sugar factories, he also enjoyed planting sugar cane.  When he left the sugar cane fields, he worked
as a Postman for many years at the St. Joseph Post Office, which was then located
at the Dispensary before it  moved to the
bottom of Horse Hill.

Mr. Downes lived alone
but was the father of four children.  He
lived an active life and up until the age of 103, he still worked a portion of
land behind his home.  He planted green
peas, pumpkin, sorrel and ground provisions.