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Ambassador Frank Pringle is dead

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 10:35 AM
Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson (left) presents a copy of 'The People's National Party at 75' to Ambassador Frank Pringle - File photo.

Former tourism minister Ambassador Frank Pringle has died.

Pringle, who served in the cabinet of the People’s National Party (PNP) for several years, died at his Spring Farm, Rose Hall, St James home on Monday night.

Commenting on his death, PNP president Dr Peter Phillips described him as a great Jamaican and a nation builder.

“Despite coming from a family of relative privilege he threw his lot firmly and squarely with the majority of the people,” Phillips said.

He added that it was Pringle's commitment to the upliftment of ordinary Jamaicans which underpinned his embrace of the PNP.

Pringle’s longstanding friend Gordon Townsend remembered him as a good man.

“He was a remarkable man. He never allowed his politics to interfere in his generosity,” said Townsend.

According to him, Pringle was bedridden and had been ill for years.

Pringle had a stroke years ago and his health deteriorated.

His death came four days before receiving the ‘Golden Souls of Tourism’ Award by the Ministry of Tourism.

He was named among a number of stalwarts by the Ministry to be honoured for contributing 50 years or more to the industry.

The awards ceremony is scheduled at the start of the winter tourist season, Saturday, December 15, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

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