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Kennedy hailed as giant of commerce

Published:Monday | October 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Serju, Gleaner Writer

FRANCIS 'PACO' Kennedy, president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, is being remembered for his commitment to nation building, humility, and business acumen among other qualities, following his death in Florida last Saturday night.

Describing Kennedy as a "giant in the field of commerce and business", Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller recalled his commitment and contribution to the revitalisation last downtown Kingston.

"In all his undertakings, he served with exemplary dedication and humility, and he never, in all the years that I have known him, complained or protested when called upon to be of public service. It was with this in mind that the Government this year, decided to recognise his inestimable contribution to national development by way of a national award," the prime minister said in a release yesterday.

Kennedy, who was undergoing treatment in Miami, Florida, following a recent surgery, was absent from Monday's National Awards ceremony where his wife, Marjory, accepted on his behalf.

Warm personality

Meanwhile, opposition spokesman on industry, investment and commerce, Karl Samuda, said the late businessman will be remembered for his work ethic, business acumen, warm personality, and extraordinary commitment to nation building.

"Francis Kennedy easily ranks among those Jamaicans who believe in this country and are prepared to go beyond the call of duty to overcome the challenges that confront our economy at this time. As a respected leader in the private sector, Paco impacted many lives," Samuda noted in a release. "His sterling contribution to innovation and growth in the business community, as well as the hundreds of jobs he created, both directly and indirectly, are most admirable and will be remembered for generations to come."

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), in expressing regret at the passing of the late Jamaica Chamber of Commerce president, remembered him as a true Jamaican patriot who contributed significantly to the building of the private sector.

"He has also worked closely with us at the PSOJ, helping to build consensus within the private sector and supported the vision of the private sector working as one," declared President Christopher Zacca.

"Jamaica has lost another valued son," was the reaction of Milton Samuda, chairman of the board of directors of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation.

Kennedy is survived by widow Marjory, children Cathrine and Charles.