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Former clerk to Houses of Parliament dead

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 5:21 PM
Shirley Lewis, former clerk to the Houses of Parliament.

Former Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Shirley Lewis is dead.

The late veteran public servant died last night. 

Lewis, 76, spent 11 years in Jamaica’s legislature having been appointed to the post of Clerk to the Houses of Parliament in 1994.

A trained lawyer and former Resident Magistrate, Lewis gave 48 years of service to the public sector.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart, who worked with Lewis in Parliament, hailed her as a "firm but fair executioner of her duties".

Peart added: "Regardless of who falls on the wrong side, you get no sympathy from her."

"She was a very conscientious lady and her experience in the judiciary before served her well and she ran her department with efficiency."

Lewis was reportedly ailing for some time.

Leader of Opposition Business in the Lower House Phillip Paulwell said lawmakers were saddened to hear of the passing of Lewis.

“Her service was quite sterling. She was a very dedicated, hard working clerk, during which time it was clear that she had a very close relationship with her staff and all of us who were parliamentarians,” he said.

Members of the House of Representatives will this afternoon pay tribute to Lewis during the parliamentary sitting.

Efforts to reach Leader of Government Business Derrick Smith for comment were unsuccessful.