'I love you' - Roger's last words to his wife
Daraine Luton, Senior Reporter
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon led tributes in Gordon House in memory of the affable Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Roger Clarke, saying words are insufficient to express the pain being felt following his passing.
But Simpson Miller, said she was comforted by Clarke's last words to his wife, Sonia.
"Goodbye darling, I am going to leave you, I love you. I am going to go now," Simpson Miller said Mrs Clarke reported that her husband told her after falling ill at an airport in Miami enroute to Jamaica.
According to Simpson Miller, in life, there are some moments for which one can never quite prepared and Clarke’s death was one such moment.
The Prime Minister said she has lost a dear, true friend, a strong and fearless defender and confidant.
She also said Jamaica has lost a champion of the people.
Clarke died from a suspected heart attack on August 28 almost a month after a after a back surgery in the United States.
Before the start of today's sitting of the House, South East St Elizabeth MP Richard Parchment brought a large picture of Clarke and attempted to fit it in the seat once occupied by the Agriculture Minister.
However, it was too large and had to be placed outside.
In Clarke's seat on the front benches were the words: 'Please do not sit'.
A vase bearing flowers was also placed on the desk from which the Central Westmoreland MP once operated.
In paying tribute, Opposition MP, Karl Samuda, a long-time friend of Clarke said he used the political process to demonstrate the virtues of politics.
"He used it to serve the people. He was an agent of anti tribalism. ... he broke down all the barriers," Samuda said.
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