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Dwight Nelson, Frank Pringle accorded official funerals

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 4:46 PM
Dwight Nelson - File photo
Frank McKenzie Pringle - Contributed photo

Cabinet has approved official funerals for two former Government Ministers.

Former Government Minister and trade unionist Dwight Nelson was accorded an official funeral during a session of Cabinet earlier this month.

Nelson served as a Minister of National Security and a Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

He also served as a Senator in 1983 and was a Senior Vice President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

Nelson was conferred with Jamaica's fifth highest honour the Order of Distinction, Commander Class in 2005 for his contribution to trade unionism.

He died at age 72 on December 24, 2018, after a period of illness.

Nelson's official funeral will be held on Thursday, January 31, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at the Dovecot Memorial Park.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness described Nelson, who was his Chief of Staff in Opposition, as a true friend and someone who was willing to give of himself in service to his country.

A condolence book will be opened for former Minister Nelson at the Houses of Parliament during the official mourning period from January 28-30 between 10:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m.

Also, Cabinet has accorded an official funeral to former Minister of Tourism, Ambassador Donald Frank McKenzie Pringle.

Pringle served as Minister from 1989 to 1992.

He also held several posts in tourism including Jamaica’s representative to the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

He was conferred with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class in 2001 for outstanding service in the fields of Tourism and Public Service.

Pringle died on December 10, 2018, at the age of 88.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, January 26, at the Half Moon Hotel Conference Centre in Rose Hall, Montego Bay St James, starting at 2:00 p.m.

A condolence book will be opened from January 23-25 between the hours of 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m at the Houses of Parliament during the official mourning period for his passing.

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