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Lloyd Goodleigh left a solid legacy - leaders

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Daughter Elizabeth Goodleigh (right) is assisted by The Reverend Michael Rowe in placing the urn containing the ashes of trade unionist Lloyd Goodleigh during his funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, North Street, downtown Kingston, yesterday.

Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson yesterday hailed Lloyd Goodleigh as a champion of the development of the labour force, a character trait he has urged others to emulate.

Patterson was among scores of mourners who turned out at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kingston to pay their last respects to the trade unionist who died last month.

"He was committed to the development of the labour market as he championed the cause for equity, social justice, efficiency and productivity. He was a firm believer that education was a critical component in removing the barriers within the labour market, such as lack of skills and experience, exclusion and discrimination," Patterson said.

"A calm and humble disposition, this trade union leader was also a philosopher and a good teacher, who levelled the playing field between worker and management, and employer and employee. We celebrate the life of a man who was a vanguard for the second generation of Caribbean leaders, who has ascended to the highest area of service," he said.

Similarly, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller indicated that Goodleigh's vision contributed greatly to the betterment of the labour force.

"Mr Goodleigh, up to the time of his passing, was an integral part of Jamaica's initiative to transform labour productivity and generate economic growth and development, as head of the Labour Market Commission," Simpson Miller said.

 

PILLARS OF DEVELOPMENT

 

"He constantly and unequivocally articulated a vision that placed education, training and improved worker productivity and engagement as central pillars of national development and economic growth. His brilliance, foresight, passion and commitment to Jamaica and development of the Jamaican worker will be missed," she said.

In the meantime, his daughter, Elizabeth Goodleigh, encouraged the gathering to never forget the lessons he taught during his sojourn.

"It wasn't strange for my father to read 10 books all at once, because he wanted to make sure that he was knowledgeable about any topic raised in a discussion, politics being one of his favourites," she said.

"He always believed that one's contribution should make Jamaica a better place than how they found it. My father was a nation builder who always stressed the significance of integrity," she said.