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Holness visits The Gleaner to sympathise, pay tribute to deceased journalists

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2016 | 6:40 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness signs a condolence book in memory of Gleaner journalists Gary Spaulding and Glenroy Sinclair.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday afternoon visited the staff of The Gleaner to sympathise following the deaths of senior journalists Glenroy Sinclair, 49, and Gary Spaulding, 52.

During his visit, Holness signed condolence books in memory of the media stalwarts and also met with Spaulding’s children.

The Prime Minister said he was shocked to have learned of the passing of the journalists.

"He was not superficial in dealing with the issues," Holness said, as he reflected on his encounter with Sinclair as a young politician dealing with the matter of crime in the community of Olympic Gardens in his St Andrew West Central constituency several years ago.

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Holness also shared fond memories of his interactions with Spaulding including his May 31 interview.

"It was only a few days ago that I was sitting being interviewed by Gary and strangely, he said, ‘I don’t have a picture with you, you know PM, let’s take a picture together,'. It’s not normal that a journalist asks you to take a private, personal picture, and I thought it was a great compliment because we have come a far way,” he said.

Holness encouraged the staff to remain strong and to celebrate the contributions of the journalists.

"Their work will live after them, so for all of us, we have to make sure that what we do with the time we have, become a testament to our lives."