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Former Cabinet minister Easton Douglas dies

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 10:36 AM
Douglas ... had been battling cancer for a while.

Former Housing Minister Easton Douglas has died.

Douglas who was also a former vice president of the People’s National Party was 81 years old.

IN PHOTO: Easton Douglas with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in 2014.

He battled cancer for several years and died at his St. Andrew home this morning.

His brother Dr Conrad Douglas said the family was deeply saddened by the loss and in time will provide further details.

IN PHOTO: Douglas in the 1990s

Douglas, who was conferred with the Order of Jamaica, also served as Minister of Health, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security and town planner. Douglas

His long career in public service was blemished by the Kennedy Grove scandal after he approved the construction of the Clarendon-based housing scheme in an unsuitable area that resulted in the flooding of 16 houses.

IN PHOTO: Houses under water in Kennedy Grove in Clarendon in 2005

Douglas is later reported to have told residents to sue the Government and developers KID Development Limited.

The minister, however, denied saying so.

Douglas was also the chairman of the National Housing Trust in 2013 when it approved the controversial purchase of the Outameni lands in Orange Grove, near Rock, Trelawny for $180 million.

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