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St James philanthropist Hazel Dalley dies after more than 50 years in business

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Hazel Dalley operated Dalley’s Variety Store on Gloucester Avenue in St James for more than 50 years.

Philanthropist and businesswoman, Hazel Dalley is dead.

The 89-year-old woman, affectionately known as 'Aunt Haze', died peacefully at her Sunset Boulevard home in Montego Bay, St James today.

Her niece, Lorna Cheong, said Dalley "went out like an angel", after being ill for the last three months, showing signs of recuperating, then deteriorating last week.

Her death has been described as a deep loss by several members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who had accepted her as a member of their family.

The justice of the peace, who was conferred with the Order of Distinction for her work in tourism, was tagged a comprehensive lover of every policeman and woman by Superintendent of Police Paul Stanton, who knew her for more than 20 years.

"It’s a deep loss. She was the cream of the crop, when you talk about good corporate citizen, she epitomised that, and she boasted the highest level of integrity," said Stanton, adding that Dalley gave unconditionally.

The businesswoman operated the Dalley’s Variety Store on Gloucester Avenue for more than 50 years.