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Minister McNeill Expresses Regret at Minister Roger Clarke’s Passing

Release Date: 
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:00

KINGSTON, Jamaica: August 28, 2014: Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill has expressed deep regret at news of the passing of his colleague, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Roger Clarke.

In extending sincere condolences to Mr. Clarke’s family, colleagues and friends, Minister McNeill, described the late Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries as “a giant of a man with a giant personality.” Minister McNeill added that “he was blessed with a unique sense of humour and was always able to lighten even the saddest of moments.”

Minister McNeill outlined that “Roger was my colleague Member of Parliament (MP) in Westmoreland along with the Hon. Luther Buchanan, and over the years we worked assiduously together in developing the parish and improving the welfare of the people.”

Minister McNeill described Mr. Clarke as an excellent Minister of Agriculture who was quite suited for the role, seeing he was one of Jamaica’s largest farmers.  “In recent years we had been working hand in hand to strengthen the linkages between tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, entertainment and other key sectors through the Tourism Linkages Hub, which is housed in my ministry,” he expressed.

Minister McNeill also emphasized that Minister Clarke has made a significant contribution to the development of Jamaica, both at the local level in Westmoreland as MP and at the national level, as a Cabinet Minister and one of Jamaica’s longest serving parliamentarians.

“He was a friend and a colleague who will be missed immensely. On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, I wish to express my profound sadness at the passing of this outstanding public servant,” said Minister McNeill.