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Canute Gordon laid to rest


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PALL BEARERS leave Calvary Baptist Church with the coffin containing the body of veteran Montego Bay journalist Canute Gordon following Monday's funeral services.

A wide cross-section of the population from former mayors, politicians, journalists, members of the clergy and long time acquaintances turned out for the service of thanksgiving.

Veteran journalist Byron Balfour described Mr. Gordon as "the very soul of journalistic ethics and responsibility". He said Mr. Gordon was "a strict man and an interesting character".

Former Mayor of Montego Bay, Cecil Donaldson, who delivered the eulogy, described Mr. Gordon as a "self-made man" who was also a "balanced news reporter" who did his job without "fair or favour and had a passion for things of beauty."

Custos of St. James, the Hon. Clarence Nelson, who represented the Lay Magis-trates, described Mr. Gordon as "an immaculate dresser and a picture of sartorial excellence."

Mr. TK Allen, who represented the Calvary Baptist Church of which Mr. Gordon was a member for many decades, said Mr. Gordon was a "patriotic, outstanding Jamaican." He added that he was the "most revered journalist in western Jamaica" who was "proud, not haughty; bold, courageous and intelligent; outspoken but congenial and bore no grudge or rancour."

Mr. Allen said that Mr. Gordon had set a good example for those who chose to follow in his footsteps in the profession.

Mr Gordon died at home on December 23, leaving his wife Daphne and three children, Aubrey, Ena and Paul.

Dubbed the Dean of the media corps in western Jamaica more than 20 years ago, Mr. Gordon served the profession for more than 40 years, during which time he was the first Montego Bay correspondent employed by the Gleaner Company. He rose to become chief of the Western Bureau, which he helped form in the 1950s.

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