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Profile of Henry George McCurdy

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Henry McCurdy accepts the Certificate of Legal Education from Jacqueline Samuels Brown during the graduation ceremony from the Norman Manley Law School at Mona in Kingston.
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Henry George McCurdy (Snr) was born on February 15, 1966, at Duckensfield in the parish of St Thomas.

He migrated to Kingston where he attended the Tarrant Primary School. In 1972, he moved from Kingston to St Catherine, where he attended the Horizon Park All-age School and then St Catherine High, from where he graduated in 1983.

At St Catherine High, he was very active in sports as he was instrumental in the school's rugby team and its numerous victories.

In 1984, he enlisted in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, completing his training a year later at the Jamaica Police Academy. He was then posted to the St James Police Division, where he worked until 1997 when he resigned at the rank of detective corporal.

While in St James, McCurdy attended evening classes at the prominent Cornwall College and the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies, where he did a one-year certificate course in supervisory management from 2003-2004.

He has made several donations and contributions such as cash and plaques to his past schools in honour of past teachers in the subjects like mathematics, geography, English language.

The teachers in whose honour these plaques were named include Madge Anderson, Ken Neil, Colleen Brown, Claudia Fuller, and Gloria Johnson.

McCurdy was appointed a justice of the peace in 2006.

In that same year, he went into representational politics and became the member of parliament caretaker for the constituency of North West St James.

In 2009, he enrolled at the University of Technology Western Campus, where he completed a degree in law.

In 2012, he enrolled in the Norman Manley Law School, where he did his certificate in legal education, graduating in 2014.

He has been married to Jennifer for 25 years and is the father of four children: three boys - Henry Jr, Levar, Maurice; and daughter, Jennifer.