Tributes pour in for late Lester Spaulding
There has been an outpouring of tributes for the late chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group J Lester Spaulding.
Spaulding, 76, died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston this morning where he was hospitalised on Monday after his health deteriorated.
He had been ill for some time.
See some of the tributes below:
King's House @GGSirPAllen
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Lester Spaulding, CD, Chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group. May his soul rest in peace and his legacy in media live on to inspire others.
Andrew Holness @AndrewHolnessJM
My sincerest condolences to the wife and family of the J Lester Spaulding CD, JP; a media innovator and one of the most influential business leaders in Jamaica’s history. Our prayers to the members of the RJRGLEANER Group at this time.
Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips
Jamaica and the media fraternity have lost one of its giants. He was a patriotic Jamaican who always considered a free and fair press to be a part of good governance in the country. The local and regional media fraternity has lost a pioneer, devoted advocate and consummate friend.
Senator Ruel Reid @HMEReid
I am saddened by the passing of the leader and icon Lester Spaulding. Condolences to the RJRGLEANER Group, family and friends. RIP
Culture Minister Olivia ' Babsy' Grange
His contribution stood out from the time he moved from the position of chief accountant to general manager at Radio Jamaica and the work he did as head of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, all of which preceded his leading RJR through its expansion up to its recent merger to become the RJRGLEANER Communications Group.
Sandrea Falconer @sandreafalconer
I am saddened to learn that Mr Lester Spaulding of RJRGLEANER has died. Mr Spaulding was always gracious and a patriot. The passing of this giant will leave a major void in the media fraternity. My condolences to his family and his media family. May his soul rest in peace.
Dahlia Harris @DahliaHarris
Sir Lester ... always willing to give me advice from media business to the upkeep of my car. Sang ‘Wind Beneath My Wing’ at one of our events to honour you. The Group is your legacy...your spirit lives on.
Karen Madden @karendmadden
Sleep in peace Lester Spaulding. The RJRGLEANER chairman passed away in hospital this morning. Thoughts with his family & friends
Emprezz Golding @EmprezzGolding
RIP my Chairman. We will miss you and you will be remembered! Love and Strength to the family. He is #Foundation
Marcia Forbes @marciaforbes
It was #LesterSpaulding who gave me the job at General Manager TVJ on my return to Jamaica after completion of Master’s Degree with focus on everything TV. Years before that I’d served as consultant re RJR’s Gleaner’s bid for Cable TV Licence.
Rodney Campbell @rodneytwit
I wish I could explain the way I feel about Lester Spaulding ... I was like 13 years old, he gave me my first fishing rod while I was at the DuCasse store ... Never used it until I was say 25. #RIP Godfather J. Lester The Great.
Elizabeth Bennett Marsh @lizbenja
Sad news. RJR's Chairman #LesterSpaulding is dead. Media icon. Trailblazer. RIP.
Clive Mullings @mullings_clive
Lester Spaulding a talented humble and urbane man who epitomised dignity will be sorely missed. I have admired his demeanour over the years and he always had a word of encouragement. Condolences to his wife and family.