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Mourning a Comrade

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Marshall-Burnett

PNP remembers Syrina Marshall-Burnett as a true servant of Jamaica

The People's National Party (PNP) has hailed the late former president of the Senate Syringa Marshall-Burnett as a true champion and eminent ambassador.

Marshall-Burnett died last Friday after she reportedly developed complications, having being hospitalised with chikungunya-like symptoms.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of one of Jamaica's finest daughters, who has been a nation builder in her time, and who has contributed so much to the development of our country and our people," said PNP president, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

"As a senator and later president of the Senate, she raised the bar of parliamentary decorum by the fine example she set. Her contributions were outstanding and profound, and her leadership fair and respected," added Simpson Miller.

The PNP president expressed condolences to Marshall-Burnett's family, friends and close associates.

"We will miss her outstanding contributions, incisive interventions, her activism, her wise advice, and her passion for the development of her country and her fellow Jamaicans."

For his part, PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill said: "Her contributions at the Executive Committee were timely and profound. The balance she provided could have only come from her and reflected the tremendous experience she had coming from many years of serving quietly with all four presidents of the party.

"In short order, we will be informed of the funerary and other arrangements to properly celebrate the life and contribution of Comrade Syringa Marshall-Burnett."

And the party's deputy general secretary, Raymond Pryce, said Marshall-Burnett would be remembered for her willingness to assist young people.

"Many of us younger members serving in the PNP would have benefited from those surprise phone calls or emails which would set out commendations, advice, gems or reminders which reassured, strengthened, advised and helped."

Marshall-Burnett, a nurse by profession, pioneered several advancements in nursing education and in the practical aspects of health-care delivery systems over many years.

A former president of the Nurses' Association of Jamaica, she was a staunch advocate for workers' rights, women's rights and a raft of social issues.