Three-term PNP Councillor dies
As tributes pour in for the three-term People's National Party (PNP) Councillor for the Greater Portmore North Division, Michael 'Fisher' Edwards who died suddenly yesterday, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said the local representative served the people of his division with distinction.
Edwards is reported to have died from a stroke.
McKenzie yesterday expressed condolences to the family and friends of Edwards.
"Having spoken with members of the local government fraternity in Portmore today (yesterday), I am aware of the great pain and anguish that his death has caused. To lose a councillor and human being in the prime of his life is difficult to bear," he said.
The local government minister noted that this "unwelcome incident" is a reminder to "all of us in the local government family to do everything to preserve and enhance our health, even as we deal with the tremendous stresses that come with administrative and political service at the local level."
At the same time, the PNP says it is saddened by the unexpected passing of Edwards while undergoing emergency treatment at the Spanish Town Hospital.
Edwards joined the Portmore Municipal Council in December 2007 and served as councillor from 2007 until his passing. Councillor Edwards also served as chairman for the Planning, Development and Climate Change Committee in the Portmore Municipal Corporation and served the St Catherine Parish Corporation as chairman of the Finance Committee.
President of the PNP Portia Simpson Miller also paid tribute to Edwards. "The PNP and the people of Greater Portmore North have lost a hard worker who was committed to the people he served and the party."
Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas hailed Edwards as "a very good councillor and a good committee chairman who always went the extra mile for the people of Portmore.
Councillor Edwards is survived by his widow Sophia and children.