Sun | Jun 16, 2019

Martin Henry formed the conscience of his country

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:22 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

“An honest man’s the noblest work of God.” – Alexander Pope

Martin Henry was not a big business mogul or high-powered politician. But as an educator, civil-society activist, journalist and public commentator, he was something perhaps even more important and admirable – a man of impeccable integrity and honesty.

When Martin spoke, you never had to wonder if he had any agenda or was trying to further his or another’s cause.

You might not agree with everything he said – though in my view, he was nearly always spot on in his judgements – but he always spoke his own truth and no one else’s. You never had any doubt that what he said was how he truly felt and thought. It is persons like Martin who form the conscience of a country.

A very educated, thoughtful and engaging man, he was always very enjoyable to interact with, whether face to face, on the phone or via email.

RESPECT

I had the utmost respect for him. Indeed, there was no one in Jamaica who I had greater respect for than Martin Henry. His early death was a tragedy for his country, family and friends. Condolences to all his loved ones.

And yet, Martin’s legacy will live on. The thousands who he taught or who read his columns or heard his commentaries cannot have failed to be inspired by him. We cannot doubt that among them will be young persons who will seek to emulate him – to write and speak soberly and intelligently and honestly at all times, to one day also become a conscience of the country they love.

Rest in peace, Martin. You were a great Jamaican.

KEVIN O’BRIEN CHANG

Director, Fontana Limited