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Former constituents shocked at Baugh’s passing

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer
Dr Kenneth Baugh

The passing of former West Central St Catherine Member of Parliament Dr Kenneth Baugh has been met with sadness and grief by residents in his former constituency.

Although it was widely known that the former politician had been ailing for some time, many persons expressed disbelief at news of his death.

Alphanso Johnson, councillor for the Bellevue division in the constituency, found it difficult to put into words the feeling that came over him when he heard that Baugh, who retired from active politics in 2016, had passed away.

“He was missed after his retirement. He is sadly missed now,” Johnson told The Gleaner. “He was more than a politician. He was a friend to many. Personally, I could sit and talk to him and he always gave a listening ear. He never told you he would do something and not fulfil his promise.”

Ralston Wilson, councillor for the Point Hill division, remembers Baugh as a decent man who always tried to do the right thing.

“I am saddened by his passing. He is one of the best [persons who] represented this constituency. He was easy to get along with, and whether it was a PNP or JLP dead yard in the constituency, he always showed up with a bottle of rum,” Wilson said.

“I am truly saddened by his passing and my deepest condolences to his wife and family,” added Wilson, who is also the deputy mayor at the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.

Rosemarie Landeis, who worked as an indoor agent for 10 years, was also overcome with grief.

“Even though we knew he was sick, it comes as a shock to me. He was a good man, who was always with us. Through sickness, struggles and pain, he was there for us. There was nothing too good for him to assist with,” she said, adding that the former politician would be remembered for a long time.