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Jamaica pays tribute to Boyne

Published:Tuesday | December 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Ian Boyne with his PAJ award in December 2011.

Ian's contribution to media is admirable and represents the power of good journalism. He has distinguished himself as a fair, fearless and balanced commentator.

- Prime Minister Andrew Holness

 

Truly he was an inspiration. His passing is a great loss to me personally, a great loss to our ministry, a great loss to the Government and the entire Jamaica."

- Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information

 

We must not forget that despite the demands made on his time by his journalistic activities he had the capacity and was so devoted to his religious beliefs that he also became a full time minister of religion early in his life.

- Olivia Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport

 

Ian Boyne was not afraid to ask searching questions, without being disrespectful. He was able to capture the passions of the Jamaican people, without allowing those passions to expose them to ridicule.

- Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips

 

A deep sense of loss and overwhelming sadness has engulfed us. Everyone knew Ian as the veteran journalist, but we knew him as that and so much more.

- JIS Chief Executive Officer Donna-Marie Rowe

 

Everybody knows I had lots of fun at his expense in my columns having created 'Booklist Boyne' as one of my many literary characters but nobody should mistake that character for the real person who was as different from Booklist as is Karen from the Old Ball and Chain.

- Gordon Robinson, attorney-at-law and Gleaner columnist

 

He has left an enduring legacy in journalism and broadcasting which will serve as a guide, foundation and benchmark for integrity, quality and substance.

- Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica

 

His ability to capture the minds, stimulate learning and discussion for the greater good of the Jamaican society will never be forgotten.

- Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica

 

Ian Boyne was a highly respected media professional who served the industry and his country with great distinction.

- Media Association Jamaica Ltd

 

I never met Ian Boyne outside the context of an interview or a theological debate, and so our encounters were largely intellectual. But stimulating they always were!

- Peter Espeut, Gleaner columnist

I have lost a real friend, and Jamaica has lost a great servant and one of its finest public intellectuals.

-John Rapley, Gleaner columnist