Farewell to press stalwarts
THE EDITOR, Sir:
On my own behalf and on that of the Marketing and Communications Department of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), I extend to The Gleaner, to the relatives, to the friends and to the associates of Gary Spaulding and Glenroy Sinclair our sympathy and deep regret at the passing of these two journalistic stalwarts.
Gary was a colleague and good man alongside whom I worked in the RJR newsroom years ago. We had differences and even argued from time to time, but in the end, we got the story right.
I would see him occasionally after he moved to The Gleaner and we would have a chat, usually about journalistic standards in Jamaica.
It gives me a good feeling to recall that I was the judge in the category of opinion writing in the Press Association of Jamaica's Journalism Awards when Gary won the Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism in 2012-2013.
Glenroy I did not know as well as I did Gary. I had met Glenroy through Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange in 2007 and found him to be very cooperative, as on more than one occasion he helped us to get our material published.
The tributes already paid to Glenroy speak to the worth of the man as a quality journalist and the contribution he made in helping others, too, to become good journalists.
And so we say great journalistic innings to two men with similar initials, Gary and Glenroy, as you hold your bats high walking into the heavenly pavilion.
JUTC Media Specialist