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Former resident magistrate hailed as dedicated, kind

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Former Prime Minster Edward Seaga (left) and Lukkee Chong (right) son watches as the Reverend Howard Thompson uses a thurible to bless the coffin of Ruby Cecelia Walcott, retired resident magistrate and attorney-at-law at her funeral at Stella Maris Church, 62 Shortwood Road in St Andrew yesterday. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Members of the judiciary and other influential Jamaicans were among the mourners bidding farewell to the late former Resident Magistrate Ruby Cecelia Walcott at her funeral at the Stella Morris Roman Catholic Church yesterday.

Walcott, who was born on July 12, 1929, in Cuba, to a Cuban mother and Jamaican father, passed away on July 29 this year.

Walcott was described as a dedicated daughter of Jamaica who lived a full life and left an indelible mark in the legal profession where she served for 37 years.

She last served as a resident magistrate at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Walcott began her journey as a clerk of court then later moving on to crown counsel before taking her place as a resident magistrate.

Not easily intimidated

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness remembered Walcott for her kindness. He recalled that she offered her home for members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to meet when they were canvassing support for a party member during a general election.

He said she was not easily intimidated.

"Ruby was not a person to be pushed about because she would push back," he said.

Walcott's son, Phillip Chong, described his mother as a caregiver who not only cared for her own children.

"Mom was not short of children. She adopted our friends along with Lukkee, Marc and me".

He also shared a warning his mother gave him that amused the mourners. She said: "Do not come before me in my court."

Chief Justice Zaila McCAlla, former prime minister Edward Seaga, Justice Norma McIntosh and Molly Martin were among those who gave tributes.

sheldon.williams@gleanerjm.com