Parliamentarians pay tribute to slain MP Lynvale Bloomfield
Parliamentarians from both sides of the House this afternoon paid tribute to slain Portland Eastern Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield. Bloomfield, a medical doctor, was found dead at his Passley Gardens home in the constituency on Saturday morning.
He is reported to have been stabbed more than 20 times.
Among those paying tribute were Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips.
On a desk behind which Bloomfied sat as a legislator, a large picture of him was placed along with flowers, creating a solemn atmosphere for almost 30 minutes of reflection on the life of the legislator.
Following the tributes MPs stood and faced the photo for a minute of silence.
TRIBUTES TO BLOOMFIELD
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, St Andrew West Central
As the Jamaican people would say, Dr Bloomfield was a nice man. There is nothing else that needs to be said of him as a person. I cannot recall him in this house raising his voice. I cannot recall him in anger. In hearing the news of his passing, I was devastated. When it comes close and you can relate, it’s a different feeling than when you are hearing it on the news. This should in some way spark us to dig deeper to find the solution to crime. It should help us to reaffirm our cooperation in the fight against crime. There needs not be any fight among us over the death of someone who gave his life to the people. We should not make his death a political issue.
Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, St Andrew East Central
Dr Lynvale George Bloomfield was great, patriotic Jamaican. I can’t recall a sadder day. It is not just the tragic and savage way in which Dr Bloomfield lost his life but my sense of sadness is also connected to the fact that it represents a particularly difficult phase in our nation. His purpose to his country was honourable and his service to his constituency was exemplary.
Leader of Government Business in the House Karl Samuda, St Andrew North Central
He was a thoughtful person, a person that I detected in him a sense of duty to the people that he represented. He added greatly to the dignity of this honourable house. I wish to extend to his family and his friends our deepest condolences, may God bless him and may he rest in peace.
Daryl Vaz, Portland Western
Dr Bloomfield and I were neighbouring Members of Parliament but most importantly, he was my MP as my residence falls in his Portland Eastern constituency. Our relationship as rival MPs could be best described as unique given today’s tribal nature of our politics. I would call on the MP from time to time for medical treatment for myself and members of my family.
Fenton Ferguson, St Thomas Eastern
Few of us take the time to know the antecedents of our colleagues when we enter this house and as a result, we are our greatest enemies. I went to Port Antonio yesterday and in talking to the persons on the ground, many of us would not know he was a deacon in the Baptist church and know of his philanthropic activities. He was the type of physician who would go to the hills and valleys anytime. We have lost a good Jamaican. We have lost a decent man, an honest man, a humble man and history will remember him.
Dr Morais Guy, St Mary Central
He was liked and revered by persons of all stripes. Lynvale was a naturalised Portlander. His aspirations and hope for the people of Portland was what propelled him into representational politics. His advocacy was not one of a confrontational nature but one of quiet dignity. His representation was not one without challenges within and without the constituency.