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IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF DR. WENDELL BARRINGTON BOND
Wendell Bond was born on June 17,1947 in St James, Jamaica and was the seventh child of Oswald and Lillian Bond. He sadly departed this life on August 6, 2023.
Wendell grew up on a family livestock farm where he had to get up early in the morning to milk cows for delivery of the milk to the local Condensery for processing. Farming life was very hard for him and so from very early on Wendell knew he had to excel academically to create a different path to a successful career. He did that and he also knew his parents could not afford to pay for his college education so he knew he had to get a job away from the farm to do so.
After graduation from High School, Wendell went to work at a local shipping company. He worked there for three years, saving his money, to pay for his future college education. In 1967 Wendell realized his dream and was admitted to the University of the West Indies from which he graduated in 1971, with Honors, majoring in Botany and Plant Pathology. That year he also married his college sweetheart Maxine, and from that union Marion was born.
Wendell knew that this was just the beginning of the journey of his career path. Due to the limited size of admission slots in the Medical and Dental Schools at the University he knew he had to consider migration to achieve his goal.
Now having the added responsibility of a family, he knew he had to work harder and save a lot more money before he could think of Medical or Dental Schools abroad. Not to be deterred, Wendell worked for five years in the Agricultural and Mining sections in Jamaica saved enough and decided to chase his dream of becoming a Doctor or a Dentist. However, recognizing that his age was becoming a factor, and the number of years it takes to become a Doctor, he decided to pursue Dentistry.
In the fall of 1976 Wendell was admitted, from Jamaica, to Loma Linda University as a candidate for Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr Wendell Bond realized his lifelong dream when he graduated from Loma Linda University in the summer of 1981 with his DDS degree.
Wanting to serve his country of birth Dr Bond's first wish was to return to Jamaica to set up his practice.
However, due to bureaucracy and delaying tactics and the funding cost of shipping the dental equipment he needed he had to abandon this dream. Providentially, the equipment earmarked for shipment to Jamaica was used to setup his first practice on Magnolia Ave in Riverside, California. After a few years he opened another practice in Lake Elsinore, which he later sold, and opened a second practice in the city of Perris, California which he had until his death.
Dr Wendell Bond was a devoted husband and father. He dedicated his life to his children and their future and was always looking ahead. He also cared passionately for his patients. There are many stories of patients who have moved from Riverside returning to Dr Bond for their dental work because of his compassion and honesty.
He loved the Lord and was blessed by Him in so many ways. He was an avid reader of religious books and writings. In the earlier years of his life he served as a Deacon at the Kansas Ave Seventh Day Adventist Church. According to his children his life was guided by this adaptation from the Psalm of David:
" The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes
my soul. He guides me along the right paths for
for his name's sake. Even though I walk through
the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for he is with
me and will comfort me.
His goodness and love will follow me all the days
of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever". ( Adapted from Psalm 23rd).
Preceding Dr Bond in death were his parents Oswald and Lillian Bond, also two of his brothers Fritz and William. Remaining to cherish his memory are his children: Marion (Mother-Maxine); Vladimir and Ian (Mother-Lana); Son-in-law: Brent; Brother: Lascelles (Pam); Sisters: Sheila, Paulette, Carmen, Sonia, Marcia; Grandchildren: Garrett, Bryce, Jordan and Chase; Nieces: Karen (Jason), Wendy (Nigel), Melissa (Paul); Nephews: Richard (Joyce), Jason (Rachel), Gregg(Michelle) and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
"Home At Last"
We are all God's children from the hour of birth,
He lets us live and laugh and love.
And have our day on earth.
He guards us through the afternoon, till sunsets' rays are cast.
Then one by one, with gentle words,
He call us home at last.
Submitted in loving memory and gratitude for the life of
DR WENDELL BOND